Monday, Sept. 5
Early September in Norway and the signs of autumn are beginning!
Walking to the market the other day, I enjoyed a lovely hedge of "nyper" (rose hips).
The blossoms have all but blown, but the rose hips are ready!
Some students have told me I can make a very healthy and wonderful tea from the nyper, but I need to check to see if this is the correct variety for doing so. I've seen rose hip tea bags in the market place, often mixed with hibiscus.
Also in the market I'm beginning to see "tyttebær" for sale!
I've always enjoyed these tart berries during previous visits to Norway, especially in jam or jelly. Typically, tyttebær jam is served as a condiment with meat. I've never found the actual berries in the U.S., but they are similar to cranberries which we use in the same manner during the holidays.
Of course at Sons of Norway fests in the U.S., such as Jul or Syttende Mai, we are often treated to this tasty jam, though it is often called by its Swedish name "lingonberries," which I understand is the same as tyttebær, though "cowberries" is another English name connected to them.
Of course every time we visit the IKEA store in Minneapolis, we pick up several jars of lingonberry jam! "Det smaker så god ! !"