danish food week, day 2: stikkelsbær

stikkelsbær | gooseberries

Gooseberries! If you're anything like me, you'll have had no idea what these were. For a long time, I wasn't really sure that gooseberries actually existed because a) I'd only heard of them in story books and b) I'd never seen them in real life.

wild berry tart

Until Denmark! Luciano and Maibritt had a gooseberry bush growing in their backyard and during my week there, we went out to pick as many berries as we could 2-3 times (always coming back with overflowing bowls). Maibritt-- being the amazing cook she is-- cooked some into a double berry tart (does anyone know what this berry is called?), homemade jam, and rødgrød (coming soon).

homemade jam
made by maibritt

I'm not sure if it's fair to call gooseberries Danish, but, the wild berries I ate there were a huge part of my culinary experience. Whether we found berries in the forest or the backyard, whether they were baked into something or eaten fresh-- they were always delicious. And they'll always remind me of Denmark.

picked straight from the backyard

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