Scandinavian Vegetables

Scandinavian Vegetables

Scandinavia is not a world leader in vegetable cooking. The traditional diet is based on that of the peasant and fishing societies and, in the north, some hunters and former nomads, which together made up the Scandinavian society for thousands of years. Many Scandinavians still regard vegetables as inferior food, fit only for women and rabbits. Nevertheless, this is changing fast and most young people today eat a greater variety of Scandinavian vegetables, and are adventurous with ways they cook them.

However, even cosmopolitan city people in Scandinavia eat a very limited range of vegetables although Scandinavians have had kale, and other lefty cabbages since the Viking age. And onions, dried peas, parsnips and other roots, garlic, ramsons, angelica and broad beans have been eaten for much longer.

Scandinavian Vegetables
Ecandinavian tomatoes and carrots

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Scandinavians have been gathering wild greens since the first hunter-gatherers came back to Scandinavia after the last Ice Age 15,000 years ago.

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Before the age of deep freeze
Before the age of the deep freeze, a very large proportion of Scandinavian vegetables were canned, pickled or fermented, and these preparations are still a useful part of the Scandinavian diet; pickled red cabbage, beetroot and cucumbers are everyday commodities, eaten both for lunch and dinner, with almost all traditional Scandinavian dishes.

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Scandinavian Vegetables
Dcandinavian Champignon mushrooms

Scandinavian Vegetables
In future articles on Scandinavian food, we will cover the most important Scandinavian vegetables and include some recipes.

Photo credits: Tomatoes and carrots, photo by Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash
Champignon mushrooms, photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

Feature image (on top), photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

Scandinavian Vegetables, written by Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.