What’s cooking in Skåne?
You grow asparagus in Skåne? Wait a minute…there are vineyards in Skåne and their ice wines have won international prizes? Yes and yes. The surprises will keep coming if you visit Skåne and taste your way around the region.
You’d be right in describing the vast fertile plains of Skåne (Söderslätt in the south-west and Österlen in the south-east) as the ‘granary’ of Sweden, as this is where most of the country’s cereal and other crops are produced. The yields are higher and the soil is richer here than anywhere else in Sweden, indeed the soil is among the most fertile in the world.
Allow us to make a comparison; Skåne is to Sweden, what Tuscany is to Italy.
Locally produced food is de rigueur in Skåne and there has been a boom in small-scale artisan food production. Skåne also has its very own food traditions such as spättekaka (cake on a spit), eel feasts, roast goose feasts (on St Martin’s Eve, 10th November), thick pancakes, coarse, sweet mustard and a myriad of marinated herring mix with new tastes and influences from near and far.
Around the region and in the metropolis of Malmö dining is relaxed with the focus being on well prepared and local-produce based comfort food with a European influence.
There are good restaurants and cafés dotted all over Malmö that reflect the multicultural diversity of the citizens of the bustling capital of Skåne. Go for street food Swedish-style, or hit a bistro or bar for international eats. Malmö has the lot.
A bit of name-dropping now. If you are in Malmö do pay a visit to Slottsträdgården Kaféet which is set in the grounds of the same-named ecological gardens behind Malmö Museer, near the city centre. The café is run by Skåne born-and-bred Tareq Taylor, a celebrity Swedish chef who now has his own cookery programme on the Good Food Channel called Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery.
Who doesn’t like sitting harbour-side in the summertime enjoying great food and the harbour and sea views on offer? Luckily, Skåne has some 30 harbours on its south, east and west coasts and you’ll find some of Skåne’s best restaurants in and around them.
Sweden’s best café is in Skåne
Olof Viktors bakery and café in Glemminge in Österlen, was voted the best café in Sweden in 2013 by the White Guide, Sweden’s largest restaurant review. Highlights include the obviously homemade sour dough crisp bread, sandwiches, pastries and homemade ice-cream.
And, of course, Olof Viktors uses the legendary local apples in its pastries. The town of Kivik in Österlen is where the apple action is, with the Apple Market festival in late September each year that, along with celebrating the many local varieties, treats visitors to apple tastings and swigs of the local cider. Highlights include the world’s largest apple display, variety judging and tours of Äppelriket (the apple kingdom).