Written by Sara Costa
Swedish forests are abundant in berries at this time of the year, which is actually one of my favorite things about the Swedish summer. I love the variety and the versatility that berries offer. One can make jams, drinks, pies, crumbles, cakes, sorbets or eat them fresh. However, not all types of berries fit all types of cooking/eating. Plus, there are so many different kinds that it might be difficult to recognize them, both in the bush or in the supermarket. Don’t worry though… here is a crash course in Swedish berries.
Svarta vinbär (blackcurrant)
Dark berries, black on the outside and dark red on the inside, with quite an intense tart flavour. They might not be the best to eat fresh but they make great jams, sorbets and juices.
Röda vinbär (redcurrant)
They are like blackcurrants but in vibrant red and with a slightly more intense flavour. Their looks are quite attractive and therefore, are often used to decorate cakes and tarts. Redcurrant juice is also delicious. Do not mix these with lingonberries, both are red and about the same size but the taste is different.
Gooseberries exist in several varieties, cultivated or wild, they can be green, yellow or red. They are sour if picked too early and have a somewhat special taste when mature. If the taste is too strong when fresh, try to use them in desserts. They are delicious in cakes, crumbles and other desserts.
Nypon (Rose hips)
Smultron (wild strawberries)
About the Author
Hej! I’m a Portuguese Newbie in Sweden. I have also lived in Brazil, Poland and the Czech Republic. It’s been fun to be a foreigner in so many different countries and I enjoy learning about other cultures. I’m a fan of sports, some to watch and some to practise, my favourite being running. I also love food, reading and blogging. I hope you enjoy my posts!
Hi, would you recommend any specific forests/nature reserves around greater Stockholm area to go berry picking? All the articles I’ve come across are very generic (ie “pick any forest”) – and would be great to have a specific destination in mind before heading out.
Hi where did you go in the end? I’m thinking the same thing.
Hej! I don’t know Stockholm that well as I live in Gothenburg. Here, you can find blueberries in the forest around Delsjön. I have also seen smultron but they are more rare. Most of the other ones are more like domestic bushes that people have in their gardens.