Cloudberries are one of the rarest, and most sought-after, fruits (yes, cloudberry is technically a fruit and not a berry) in the world. In fact, unless you’re actively looking for them, you could go a lifetime and never see one. The boreal bright yellow berries flourish in the most unforgiving of environments and are so desired across Scandinavia that they’ve referred to as “Arctic Gold.”
Cloudberries are only found in the wild, and their locations are kept secret from generation to generation, similar to the way people treat searching for truffles.
In Finland, hilla are enjoyed with warmed leipäjuusto (also known as squeaky cheese). In Sweden, hjorton jam is used to top pancakes and waffles.
In Norway, cloudberries are used to make multekrem, a traditional Christmas dessert with homemade whipped cream.