Swedish strawberry recipes
Swedes love strawberries and they think their strawberries are the best in the world! Of course they are very good, but then so are garden-fresh strawberries in most parts of the world!
Although locally grown strawberries have been in the shops for months it is only now that garden strawberries, excluding those grown under cover, are beginning to ripen. And they really are the best!
There is nothing like a bowl of fresh strawberries simply served, but they are also delicious in cakes, stylish desserts, salads and drinks.
In cakes Swedes tend to slice them and squeeze them lightly with a knife to make them a little bit jammy for the filling. Of course, the cake can then be garnished with fresh strawberries or smultron (wild strawberries).
Strawberries can be turned into jordgubbssaft (strawberry cordial/syrup) and then used to make some showy cocktails, ideal for a party. Strawberries are natural partners for rhubarb and so can be used to make a delicious rabarbermarmelad med jordgubbar (rhubarb and strawberry jam) or rabarbertrifli (rhubarb trifle). For more ideas on how to create some Swedelicious strawberry dishes click here.
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Ice creams for the heatwave!
Glassar för värmeböljan!
With a heatwave hitting northern Europe now might be the time for making some Swedelicious ice creams! The temperature reached 37ºC (98°F) in London on Wednesday and is expected to reach 29ºC (85ºF) in Stockholm on Thursday, so we need something to cool us down.
Swedes like all the normal range of flavours, with chocolate and vanilla being two of the most popular, but the four flavours above seem to be particularly Swedish, from left to right:
I love them all, but my personal favourite is hjortronglass. For more about our ice cream recipes click here.
Strawberry cake with elderflower cream
Jordgubbstårta med fläderkräm
With elderflowers and strawberries at their peak now is an ideal time to make a wonderful jordgubbstårta med fläderkräm (strawberry cake with elderflower cream). It's a wonderful Swedish cake and a highlight of the summer.
I must admit that I cheat a bit and use elderflower essence as I find it easier to get good results, but you could also use homemade fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial/syrup). I like to garnish the base of the cake with elderflower blooms as their scent is wonderful and then to add a few smultron (wild strawberries) to the top. More…
Something to celebrate? Try some bubbly with homemade fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial/syrup) for a lovely summery drink. Elderflowers grow all over Europe and can be picked from late May until the end of June. More…
Elderflower cordial (syrup) can also be used to make a delicious elderflower parfait, which goes particularly well with marinated strawberries. More…
Myths about elderflowers
Elder trees were once regarded as sacred in Sweden and so elderflowers would be used as decorations at weddings to bring good luck and elder trees would be planted near houses to ward off witches and evil spirits. More…
The king of Swedish vegetables!
Sparris: kungen av svenska grönsaker!
With the asparagus season now in full swing, check out our short guide to asparagus. Did you know, for instance, that until 30 years or so ago the majority of asparagus grown in Sweden was white, which is why so many traditional asparagus recipes in Sweden use white asparagus?
One of my favourite asparagus recipes is krispigt bakad sparris med Västerbottensost (crispy baked asparagus with Västerbottensost) which makes a wonderful and easy starter, tapas or addition to a buffet. It can be eaten with a knife and fork or, as I prefer, as finger food for dipping in some lovely lemony mayonnaise.
Sparrissoppa (asparagus soup) was traditionally served as a special treat on Sunday, especially at confirmations and weddings coinciding with the asparagus season. We have recipes for white asparagus soup (shown above garnished with fresh herbs and chive flowers) and green asparagus soup. More…
Sparrispaj med rökt lax (asparagus and smoked salmon tart) is an attractive and delicious spring tart which is well worth making when locally grown asparagus is at its best. For more asparagus recipes, click here.
Snaps for crayfish parties!
There is still time to make some snaps for a crayfish party in August. It is really easy to make and tastes every bit as good as many of the commercial versions. And it is a lot cheaper! It keeps well and actually improves with age, if you can keep it! More…
With rhubarb now plentiful it is worth making some rhubarb jam. We have two fantastic Swedish recipes for you. Above is rabarbermarmelad med ingefära (rhubarb and ginger jam), which is almost like a pickle or chutney. It is fantastic on toast as a breakfast treat, but it is probably even better with some Västerbottensost or a good piece of mature (aged) Cheddar.
Alternatively, try rabarbermarmelad med jordgubbar (rhubarb and strawberry jam), which is excellent on porridge, toast or scones. Rhubarb goes particularly well with strawberries because they help to offset the tartness of the rhubarb and to improve the colour. Both jams are easy to make so if you have plenty of rhubarb try one of them!
Rabarbersaft (rhubarb cordial/syrup) is perfect for making wonderful summery cocktails. Surprisingly, even green rhubarb can be used for this recipe, including enormous stalks! Like magic, they will still produce a lovely deep red cordial!
Make some rhubarb cordial (syrup) and you can have fun creating your own cocktails, both alcoholic and alcohol-free. To get you started we have some suggestions:
• Rhubarb Mojito
• Rhubarb Bellini
• Rhubarb Martini
• Rhubarb and soda
• Rhubarb and Aperol
• Gin and rhubarb.
Distinctive features of Swedish food
Swedish food has a growing reputation across the world. For instance, Jamie Oliver described Swedish food as "Big, bold, brave and definitely up there with the best in the world". But what makes Swedish food distinctive? Check-out our guide…
We have compiled a list of what we consider to be our Top 50 Classic Recipes. No two people are likely to agree completely on what should be included, but we hope you will approve of most of our choices!
Top Clicks in 2014
During 2014, our first full year of operation, we had hundreds of thousands of visitors spread across 182 countries, which is amazing as there are only 196 countries in total! Inevitably, köttbullar (meatballs) bagged the number spot with the most clicks! To see the full list click here.
There are no röda dagar (red days/public holidays) in the rest of June or in July or August. However, if you would like to see an abbreviated 2015 calendar, detailing all the röda dagar in Sweden click here. Warning: it might make you jealous.
Plants for Swedish food lovers
If you like gardening it is worth trying to find some room for a few plants that have a special place in Swedish food, but are hard to find in your local supermarket. Check out our ideas here.
Incidentally, I am are gradually producing a Swedishfoodpedia and have already assembled lots of articles on Swedish food including entries about:
Please take a look!
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