Sweden's startling confession about its meatballs
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Sweden has issued a big culinary apology to the world.
Turns out one of the countryâs claims to fame â" those delicately seasoned Swedish meatballs smothered in a rich gravy â" may not be Swedish after all.
Their origin is Turkey, the Swedes have confessed on the countryâs Twitter account, Sweden.se: âSwedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Letâs stick to the facts!â
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Actually, Sweden was just following a grand tradition: Take a food from another country and put your stamp on it, so to speak. The all-American hamburger arrived here courtesy of German immigrants. And Italyâs famed spaghetti reportedly was invented in China and brought to Venice by explorer Marco Polo.
Still, Swedenâs admission prompted a flurry of questions and a lively debate.
âBut lingonberries are still Swedish, right?â @WillietheGeek asked.
The country replied: âThey donât grow in Sweden exclusively. But lingonberry jam accompanying meatballs is damn near as Swedish as it gets!â
âWhat else has King Charles XII brought from Turkey?â a follower named Fuad Balakishiyev tweeted.
The country replied: âStuffed cabbage (kÃ¥ldolmar) and coffee! â¦ Mind you we love coffee even more than meatballs!â
The Twitter debate quickly devolved into nasty exchanges about fake news, heritage and cultural appropriation, with many commenters noting that theyâve seen Swedish meatball recipes dating back to the 16th century.
In the end, a Twitter follower named Eric Lassuri said it best:
âPerhaps pinpointing the exact origin of the meatball is less significant than acknowledging its global popularity. Nearly every major culture has its own version of the meatball.â
And yes, all this talk of meatballs makes us hungry. Whoâs up for lunch at Ikea?Read or Share this story: https://www.vcstar.com/story/life/2018/05/15/swedens-startling-confession-its-meatballs/614269002/Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden