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Iceland: Wild Berries

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Day of issue : 21-09-2006
Printing process : Offset
Number in Sheet : 10
Printer : Joh. Enschede
Size : 27,00 x 36,25 mm
Designer : Olafur Petursson
Value : 75, 130 ISK

Crowberries (Empetrum nigrum) are black and usually much smaller than blueberries. When maturing the berries at first take on a green colour then reddish and finally black. Crowberries are by far the most common wild berries in Iceland. The shrub is low, 15-45 cm, and forms needlelike leaves. It grows on dry hillsides and turfs, blossoming in May-June. The berries are not ripe until late August. Crowberries are hardier that blueberries and may be picked longer into the autumn season. Stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis) is found in lowlands throughout the country, growing mainly is dry hillsides and hollows. The stems grow on long runners which the rootstock sends out. The stalks are erect and a little thorny. The fruits mature rather late in autumn. They are quite juicy and are often used for homemade jams and jellies.

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