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Fruktsoppa (Swedish: fruktsoppa,[1][2] Norwegian: søtsuppe or fruktsuppe) is a fruit soup that is typically prepared using dried fruits, and usually served as a dessert dish.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The dish has been described as a "cold fruit pudding."[8] It is a traditional dessert in Sweden and Norway.[7] Historically, during the winter months in Scandinavian countries, fresh fruit was generally unavailable, so people used dried fruits for the preparation of various dishes, including fruktsoppa.[3] The soup may be served hot or cold.[2] The soup can be made with one fruit or with multiple fruits; a soup which is made with multiple fruits may be called blandad fruktsoppa,[9] which is Swedish for "mixed fruit soup".

Fruktsoppa is a staple food in Scandinavian countries.[3] Consumption of cold soups is also a tradition in the cuisine of Scandinavia.[10] Fruktsoppa is also a traditional soup served during the Christmas holiday season.[11][12] The dish is also sometimes served as part of a smörgåsbord.[13] It may be served with cake, such as coffee cake.[12]

Ingredients and preparation[edit]

A thin, broth-like version of fruktsoppa (Swedish Varma Koppen)

Dried fruits used in the preparation of fruktsoppa may include apricots, apples, bilberries, pears,[14] raisins, currants,[15] cranberries, prunes,[3] grapes, cherries,[2] cloudberries, arctic raspberry[16] and peaches.[4] Additional ingredients may include tapioca, sago, red wine,[14] sugar, lemon juice,[17] cinnamon, and salt.[2][3][15] Preparation involves soaking the dried fruits and various ingredients for some time to soften them, and then adding water and cooking the mixture until it thickens.[2]

It may be served as a cold soup, and can be stored unrefrigerated for a "reasonable" amount of time.[18] Its flavor may be enhanced by letting it sit for several hours prior to serving,[17] which allows the flavors to better intermingle and incorporate into one another. Fruktsoppa may be prepared using a slow cooker.[4][14]

In the United States, fruktsoppa has also been prepared and served both hot and cold before meals as a sauce.[19]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Marrone, T. (2014). The Beginner's Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods: Preserve Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Meat with a Dehydrator, a Kitchen Oven, or the Sun. Storey Publishing, LLC. p. 313. ISBN 978-1-60342-927-6.
  3. ^ a b c d e Larsen, L. (2011). Starter Cook: A Beginner Home Cook's Guide to Basic Kitchen Skills and Techniques. Lyons Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-7627-7569-9.
  4. ^ a b c Maar, N. Diabetes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Delicious, Healthy Meals. Globe Pequot Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-1-59921-828-1.
  5. ^ Harding, Philip (1 February 1967). "Bottled Fruit Juices for Swedish Soup". Lodi News-Sentinel. p. 12. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ Farm journal's cooking and entertaining in America. Greenwich House. 1983. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-517-41465-1. Swedish fruit soup: A most unusual dessert to serve at your next buffet supper
  7. ^ a b Minnesota Keeper Recipes. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-4357-5044-9.
  8. ^ Mullen, G. (1978). The International Dessert Book. Ten Speed Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-913668-75-7.
  9. ^ "H'ers Explore Foreign Lands Through Foods". The News. 2 December 1970. p. C-7. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  10. ^ Sethia, A.; Agarwal, M. (2012). Healthy Cooking for Patients with Kidney Ailments. Rupa Publications India. p. 38. ISBN 978-81-291-1796-0.
  11. ^ Johnson, D.R. (1984). Glory to God: The History of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winthrop, Minnesota. The Church. p. 13.
  12. ^ a b Mango, W.P. (1994). Grandma's Home Kitchen: Where Lessons and Life Were Mixed with Love : Family Recipes & Traditions of Grandma's Swedish Bakery, Door County. Wan'a Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-942495-38-6.
  13. ^ O’Leary, Susan (8 December 2012). "Re-enactors keep Swedish, French Christmas traditions alive : Duneland Community News". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  14. ^ a b c Kaeter, M. (2002). The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook: 300 Delicious, Healthy Meals That You Can Toss in Your Crockery and Prepare in a Snap. Everything (Cooking). Adams Media. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-58062-667-5.
  15. ^ a b Berry, R.M.F. (1907). Fruit Recipes: A Manual of the Food Value of Fruits and Nine Hundred Different Ways of Using Them. Doubleday, Page. p. 4.
  16. ^ Publishing, Rh Value (1983). Farm journal's cooking and entertaining in America. Greenwich House. ISBN 978-0-517-41465-1. Swedish fruit soup: The Scandinavians are famous for their fruit soups. In the summertime the cloudberry, which is shaped like the raspberry but is yellow in color, and the arctic raspberry are the fruits used to ...
  17. ^ a b "Swedish Sweet Soup". 5 February 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  18. ^ Williamson, Ruth Lundgren (March 1965). "MotorBoating". Vol. 115, No. 3. MotorBoating. pp. 96, 122. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  19. ^ "The American Rose Annual, Volume 28". The Society. 1943. p. 86. Retrieved 11 June 2015. Swedish fruit soup, in case you have never tasted it, is really a thin fruit-sauce served either cold or hot at the beginning of a meal. It is not so different from many American fruit-sauces aside from the fact that it is served at the beginning rather ...