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Abundance of berries throughout Iceland

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Warm weather in June and July is the main explanation for a first-class berry harvest in most of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland, according to Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson, Iceland’s berry mogul.

Interviewed by Morgunbladid daily, Hauksson says that the harvest is two weeks earlier this year than usual. “A few years ago, you wouldn’t normally go out to the countryside to pick berries until in the last week of August.” Because of low temperatures in May, Hauksson was concerned that the harvest would be poor but the warm weather of June and July gave the vegetation the boost it needed.

The Icelandic berries should become fully ripened in the next two weeks. According to Hauksson, the blueberries will ripen first, followed by crowberries.

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