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In the past, unmarried girls were supposed to pick seven kinds of flowers and put them under their pillows at midsummer's eve. This way, the girls would hopefully dream about their future husband.
The celebration is different throughout Sweden and for instance in Scandia, or Skane, midsummer-fires are lit.
Usually the food at midsummer begins with the 'sill-lunch', which means herring-lunch. The herring is usually pickled in for instance mustard, garlic, onion and sometimes even curry. The herring is served together with new potatoes boiled with dill, sour cream, egg-halves and chopped chives. For drink preferably 'nubbe', or schnapps like aquavit are served and together with that, mostly beer for adults, and various soft drinks for the younger ones.
After the herring-lunch the dinner follows, many
people likes to have a barbecue at midsummer, and this barbecue might contain
both grilled meat as well as more classic midsummer dishes. The midsommarbord,
or midsummer-table is often including Swedish meatballs, prinskorv (prince sausage),
salmon, more herring, sour cream, potato-salad, roast beef, vasterbotten cheese-pie,
various breads, brannvinsost (liquor-cheese) and desserts like strawberry cake
or fresh strawberries served with vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream. During
this, beer is the most common drink as well as of course, schnapps.
We have selected a few midsommar, or midsummer recipes for you to try at home.
meatballs, serve them hot or cold without cream-sauce and lingonberries
Together with this, serve bread, eggs, butter, cheese, pickled herring, chopped chives or onions, sour cream and dill-boiled new potatoes, some crips bread and a cold beer is also very nice. If possible, enjoy midsummer on an island or in close proximity to water.