Jämtland Härjedalen Turism
S- 831 82 Östersund
Encompassing two thirds of Sweden, but only holding a sixth of its population, Northern Sweden is a place of wild foods and has a strong affinity with the land. Its culinary heritage has been characterised by its extreme weather and diverse geography – rich in forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. This is also true of Jämtland Härjedalen where its forests and valleys are the perfect place not only to forage but also to hunt. Being a hunter-gatherer is still very much part of the Swedish culinary lifestyle and game forms a large part of the northern Swede’s diet.
Rarely seen in restaurants further south of Europe, delicacies such as reindeer, moose and black grouse are regular dishes in North Sweden, alongside salmon, trout and grayling from the streams and rivers. Often described as a foodie’s paradise, Jämtland Härjedalen is often celebrated for its high concentration of eco farms and excellent small scale food producers. In fact, the picturesque city of Östersund was awarded the title of Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2010.
Berries are one of the most important foods in Northern Sweden, with the most prolific being cloudberries from the mountainous and woodland areas, and buckthorn along the coast. These fruits are traditionally used in jams and marmalades to keep them over the winter months.
Cheese is another of North Sweden’s most prized products, and Jämtland Härjedalen’s goats cheese is one of the best. Aged and ripened in stone food cellars this unique cheese hails from the village of Raftsjöhöjden and is made from naturally reared goats. There are only five producers in the world that use this stone cellar method – all of which are in the Jämtland Härjedalen region –which makes the cheese even more special.
Souvas smoked reindeer is another delicacy from the region. Taken from the front shoulder of the animal for ultimate taste the meat is mildly smoked to produce a unique flavour. Souvas is one of only two products in Sweden that carry the Slow Food certificate and one of only 300 in the world.
For more information on Jämtland Härjedalen, visit www.jamtland.se