Fermented Herring is Loved in Sweden
Surströmming is a pungent, fermented herring dish that is a traditional food in Sweden, although it’s not for the faint of heart or those with a sensitive nose. The herring is caught in the Baltic Sea, and then fermented for several months in a salted brine. This creates a strong, pungent odor that is often described as a cross between rotten eggs and vinegar. Herrings are a good source of high-quality protein, healthy fats, and essential micronutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, which are important for bone health and immune function. Herrings contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to various health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving heart health. The dish is typically with flatbread and potatoes. It is often eaten outdoors due to the strong smell it produces. Surströmming has a surprisingly mild flavor. However, the dish is also controversial and has been banned from some public places due to its strong smell. If you decide to try surströmming, be prepared for a strong and unforgettable taste experience.