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Fruit and berries in the Viking Age

Fruit and berries
Hazelnuts.
Fruit and berries
Dried cranberries.

Wild fruit and berries grew abundantly in the Viking period. The Vikings could supply themselves with raspberries, bilberries, plums, wild apples and hazelnuts from the woods. Walnuts were also available in some areas.

The Vikings knew about the health benefits of eating apples. In Nordic mythology the goddess Idun’s apples kept the gods eternally young, if they ate them regularly.

Fruit and berries
Apples. The Vikings knew that it was healthy to eat apples, as the goddess Idun’s apples kept the gods young.
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