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Berries grow quicker in Iceland this year

Due to an unusual warm summer in Iceland, and despite a cold May, wild Icelandic berries, like blueberries, crowberries and brambleberries, are almost ripe. They’ve gone from green to blue and black and red, but still need a little more rain to be completely ready for consumption.

Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson, a physician and a hobby berry picker, told Morgunbladid the warm weather has caused the berries to ripen sooner than usual – berries can normally not be picked until late August or early September in Iceland – but added that he had worried about the berry harvest in May, as the spring was unseasonably cold.

Hauksson has tasted the early berries, which were promising in taste – fresh and sour. According to the dedicated berry picker, the crowberry plants in Ellidaárdalur valley in Reykjavík are full of nearly ripe berries and the berries on the blueberry plants are turning blue.

Hauksson said it won’t be long until the berries are ready for picking, but a little more rain is needed first.

As a tip for berry picking enthusiasts, Hauksson recommends the southern Reykjanes peninsula for crowberries; brambleberries and wild strawberries can also be found there. Both blueberries and wild strawberries can be found in the hills of Mt. Esja, near Reykjavík.

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