Feast in the summer (Source: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se) Feast in the summer (Source: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se)

Sweden in the summer: Food to try

Regardless of the season and weather, food becomes our way to celebrate. There is a lot of reason to have a good time in the summer so the food reflects just that. From the freshly harvested vegetables and fruit to fresh seafood. Whatever the food is, one thing for sure, we dine outside. Here are my choices of food to try (or eat again) this summer:

Räksmörgås

The shrimp sandwich, or, räksmörgås

The shrimp sandwich, or, räksmörgås (Source: Sania)

This is not the sandwich that you often stumble across because, in Sweden, the usual fillings that we know become a topping. Exactly, there is only one slice of bread in this sandwich so you have to eat räksmörgås on a plate. This is my current choice for fika (since I am trying to reduce my sugar intake). In my opinion, it is very fulfilling because there is lettuce, tomato, slices of boiled eggs, cucumber, mayonnaise and topped with a stack of shrimp. It suits my taste since I love seafood and creamy dish.

Potatoes

Boiled potatoes with dill (Source: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se)

Boiled potatoes with dill (Source: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se)

This is the signature of the Swedish kitchen, but in the summer you can get freshly harvested potatoes which makes it special. The taste is like a potato (of course) but the difference is in the cute bite-size and soft skin. Boil the potatoes and season with sea salt and dill. Serve them with a lemon-mayonnaise mix as a dip. Mums!

Sill/Pickled herring

Sill is not silly (Source: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se)

Sill is not silly (Source: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se)

This dish comes in the various flavour to satisfy your preference. My favourite is the curry, oh, and the mustard sill too. Sill goes along with the boiled potatoes, I feel like a true Swede when I eat these two dishes. I’m not sure how to make this dish vegetarian/vegan. If you have succeeded in doing so, do share with us in the comment section below!

Any strawberries dessert

Swedish strawberries are the best! (Source: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se)

Swedish strawberries are the best! (Source: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se)

I repeat SWEDISH STRAWBERRIES ARE THE BEST! I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this fruit after I had them two years ago when I just moved to Sweden. Other than eating them directly, a pie or a cream cake are also good options to enjoy strawberry. How would you like to have your strawberry this summer?

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Sania

From Indonesia to Sweden. From a product designer to a master student in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Do you have questions about studying in Sweden? Reach me through e-mail at sania.studyinsweden(at)gmail.com
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