arctic raspberry

10 augusti, 2015 15:28 Posted by: Admin

Arctic raspberry / bramble

Arctic raspberry (Rubus arcticus L.)
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Species: arcticus



The Arctic raspberry can be found mainly in northern landscapes of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Scandinavia and Northern Russia. Arctic raspberries grow on swamps and lakeside meadows especially in Scandinavia and are ripe for picking around July and August. The berries are highly prized because they are so hard to find. The fruits of the Arctic raspberry are very tasty and, among other uses, make jam and liqueur, or flavour tea.
The famous Swedish botanist Carl von Linné considered the Arctic raspberry - åkerbär in Swedish - a great delicacy in his book Flora Lapponica (1737).
Anthocyanins, i.e. glycosides of anthocyanidin aglycones, are responsible for the red and blue colours of fruits. The main anthocyanidins are cyanidin, delphinidin, pelargonidin, peonidin, petunidin and malvidin.

Human food

Arctic raspberry was popular during 18 century as the strawberry is today and raspberry jam was the obvious choice for dessert.  In Finland produces Mesimarja Likööri (Arctic bramble liqueur).

Medical uses

Bothe berries and leafs are used in traditional medicine. Arctic raspberry has also used as a medicine against scurvy. Arctic raspberry fruit is considered to prevent cardiovascular diseases, infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, etc.

Cosmetic and Beauty Products Industry

None known.

Industrial use

Arctic raspberry is also in a long time been used in the wine and liqueur production. In Finland produces Mesimarja Likööri (Arctic bramble liqueur). The natural habitats of this species have become rare due to changed farming and forestry practices, thus creating a demand for commercial cultivation. Arctic raspberry /bramble is cultivated only in Finland although its natural distribution is wider, extending from Russia to Scandinavia.


  1. Wikipedia
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  3. A. Lindvall, G. Lindvall, Frukter & bär naturligt läkande, Bra Böcker 2002, ISBN 9171339272