Aug 13 2007

Sub-arctic Food Plants

Published by at 7:40 pm under Foods

The subarctic region has few food plants. Most of them give a fairly low output, energywise. It’s fish and game that are the major sources of food there. Here I show you three plants that has a fairly good output. If you have a woman or two ( 😉 ) gathering these plants for several hours of the day I think you could at least achieve almost the needed calorie intake, at least combined.


You can not eat too many of these berries, but they contain a fair amount of sugar and vitamin C. They also store quite well. The Saami hid these for the winter under overhanging waterfalls. I love the taste of these and snack or gather them whenever they are available. The actual colour is more yellow than on the photo.


Viking era candy. All the plant is edible. Very spicy and too much flavour to eat alone in my opinion. Very good boiled with meat or fish. It’s not so abundant and can be difficult to find in quantity. Also contains vitamin C.

Alpine Bistort

The whole plant is edible. The seeds taste a little nutty, but are hardly worthwhile collecting and processing (winnowing). Quickly fried in the coals, the roots which can be of quite decent size, taste almost like french fries.


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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Sub-arctic Food Plants”

  1. Franceson 16 Aug 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks for this! Was on the Hardangervidda a week ago (we live in Germany) and found cloudberries, cowberries, crowberries and bilberries, as well as angelica and red elderberry, the latter around Lillehammer.
    Brought back some birchbark to try a few small boxes to hold foodstuffs for taking on hikes. German birch is, of course, much too thin.

  2. torjusgaarenon 16 Aug 2007 at 11:14 pm


    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m from an area not so far from Hardangervidda. Send me a mail if you are in the west of Telemark. I might be there.

  3. […] on the inside. Put it at the side and sweep some ash and coals over it. The roots of for example Alpine Bistort or Cattails are excellent cooked this way. Smaller fish can be cooked directly on the large coals, […]

  4. Tobi smarton 09 Jan 2010 at 11:04 pm

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  6. Anonymouson 19 Nov 2010 at 3:43 am

    thank you this thing realy helped my for a project im working on im in collage you know i go to washington comunity i live there i think it to cold but alot of people like the cold thank you agian my name is hitomi

  7. Anonymouson 29 Nov 2010 at 7:51 pm

    this is so cool

  8. bobbyon 06 Jan 2011 at 1:41 am

    you fart on the bear

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