Best season to travel to Sweden

Surströmming or Sour Herring

Every country has its own weird food and Sweden is no exception

Surströmming or Sour Herring in Sweden - Best Time
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"No one eats the Surströmming for fun," says the official tourism website of Sweden. It is a fermented small Baltic herring that is packed in hermetically sealed tins a month before you ought to eat it. Sealing the tin does not stop the fermentation and in time, the tins swell on top and underneath the lid. It should be opened only under water due to considerable pressure that builds up in the tin and also preferably outdoors as the smell is extremely strong. However, think twice before you eat it outside, since the same smell that disgusts human beings attracts flies.

Surströmming or Sour Herring in Sweden - Best Season

The eating premiere occurs at the end of August usually, and main manufacturers are based traditionally along the northern coast of Sweden. The taste is sharp, savoury, and very spicy. The traditional way of eating the herring is to have it wrapped in a thin bread called klämma with butter and almond shaped potatoes and chopped onion, altogether called surströmmingsklämma. Definitely,​ a taste to remember!

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