Historical knowledge

Fruit and berries in the Viking Age

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.

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