Heatwave spells Swedish berry shortage

The recent dry spell has led to an acute shortage of berries in Swedish woodlands.

Mainly affected are woodlands south of upper Norrland in northern Sweden. According to Marogan Tjernberg, spokesman for the Swedish Forestberry Association, the situation is really dire in southern areas.

Summer’s popular blueberries and cloud berries have simply shriveled up in the dry heat and disappeared.

Southern counties such as Värmland are worst affected, but it remains to be seen if other areas recover as it is still early in the season.

As well as mushroom picking, berry picking is a popular Swedish pastime.

It is also a source of economic income.

In the year 2000, according to the Swedish Forestberry Association, 14,000 tons of berries were collected for retail purposes, of which 70 % were blueberries.

Commercial berry pickers are almost always non-Swedes.