The growing conditions in Lapland are unique. It is exceptional that the nature and climate in the latitudes that Finland is located in enables such great possibilities for its plants. This is possible due to the Gulf Stream.
The winters are long and cold, and plants must be strong enough to survive the ice and snow. Because winters last long, the length of growing season is very short, approximately only 120-140 days per year. During that short time the plants must get everything they need to survive the next winter. Luckily, there are also positive effects to freezing winters. It decreases the amount of plant diseases and pests. That is one of the reasons why Finland uses less pesticides than most other countries.
During summer all plants are exposed to the midnight sun, which means that there are 24 hours of sunlight. Due to the constant sun light, plants and berries bind protective agents to themselves to fight against the excessive amounts of light. These protective agents can work as antioxidants or other compounds that have great health effects on humans. For example the pine trees from Lapland contain more antibacterial compounds than those that are growing more south.
The nature of Finnish Lapland is pure. The area is very sparsely inhabited. The population density is only 2 / km². This leaves most of the space for the abundant nature. The purity of Finnish Lapland can be seen for example from the lead content of the soil. It is less than 15 mg per kilogram, while the corresponding number in Central Europe is typically 20-40 mg per kilogram. The air quality in Lapland is also Europe’s highest.
The northern conditions give great advantages to the plants that grow there naturally. That is one of the reasons we choose to get our raw material from Finnish Lapland.