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What do you pick from the pantry?

Skåne is just like a large and well-stocked pantry. All you have to do is choose what culinary delights you want to sample. Here in southern Sweden, we have a long, rich history of tasteful cuisine and renowned chefs, thanks to the natural supply of quality raw ingredients that thrive particularly well in the soil of Skåne in the uniform and mild climate. You will also find modern culinary innovation here, drawing inspiration from every corner of the globe. Innovative city restaurants, cosy rural inns, coffee houses with heavenly pastries. Just pick and choose – bon appétit! Here, under the theme of food & drink, we offer inspiration for everything from sparkling mineral water to schnapps made from new potatoes, from eel to wild duck, from strong Skåne mustard to genuine pyramid cake.
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Restaurants and cafès serving organic food

There are more and more restaurants and cafés in Skåne where you can eat and drink with a clear conscience. Caring for our environment is more important than ever before to the owners of these establishments. Come and get a taste of organic Skåne! We need to take care of the Earth’s resources. Many consumers have already understood this, and therefore choose organic options. The farmers and business owners of Skåne have been quick to meet this demand, with organic and locally produced goods that are a little more sustainable. Here you can let the editorial team know about your favourite spots around Skåne serving organic products. Café Miro Organic and locally produced food, served with an original twist. Warming soups, filling sandwiches and delicious pastries. Original Miró posters are displayed on the walls. Dunker Bar & Matsalar (in swedish) A fantastic position on Helsingborg’s Norra Hamnen, with large windows looking out onto the water. Housed in the impressive Dunkers Kulturhus. Green Matmarknad This green oasis of restaurants and shops is right next to the Turning Torso. Here you can buy food without having to worry about additives. Helsa På Café Enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal in this cobbled courtyard in Ystad. An organic café located at a lively craft centre. Kiviks Lilla Råa A café with its own shop. Stock up on tasty treats inspired by the raw food trend. Raw Food House Feel well in body and mind with raw food. Nutritious, organic, climate-smart vegetarian food that is never heated above 42°C. Salt & Brygga Organic through and through, from the décor to the food on your plate. Meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Named Organic Restaurant of the Year 2010 by the White Guide. Slottsträdgårdens Kafé Organic garden and café in the centre of Malmö, serving organic and locally grown produce. Run by restaurateur and TV chef Tareq Taylor. Open all year round. Ängavallen Everything is 100% organic, mostly from the restaurant’s own farm. If you’ve never been here before, it’s high time you did. Here, ecology and gastronomy go together hand in hand.
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Traditional food from Skåne

The cuisine of Skåne features goose, eel, egg cake and spettekaka. Each of these is a culinary experience in its own right, with fantastic stores that reflect the history of both Skåne and Europe. Egg cake Egg cake is part of Skåne’s culinary heritage, and is like a pancake. Egg cake is made using a pancake-like batter, but adding more eggs and more flour for a creamier consistency. Ground pepper is often also added to the batter. Egg cake can be served with fried pork or bacon, lingonberry jam and chopped white cabbage. Eel parties in Skåne An eel party involves eating different eel dishes. An authentic eel party includes salted eel, preserved eel, fried eel, smoked eel, straw-smoked eel, eel soup and eel à la daube. That’s seven different types of eel! The ideal accompaniments are mashed egg, coarse rye bread, pressed potatoes, lots of schnapps, some tall tales and plenty of uproarious laughter. Spettekaga Spettekaga is a real Skåne party cake, made using a batter of potato flour, sugar and egg, which is slowly curled only a rotating wooden spit while baking. The cake dries out and becomes crisp, and has a distinctive taste that is reminiscent of spun sugar. The spettekaka is decorated with icing before being sliced up into small rectangles, which are ideally served with a glass of sweet wine or a cup of coffee. Greedier spettekaka-lovers also eat it with cream and jam… Skåne’s goose dinners A traditional goose dinner with all the trimmings is a real festive occasion. Before the golden-brown goose arrives at the table, diners enjoy a hot bowl of goose blood soup. This hearty soup is seasoned with cloves, ginger, allspice and a generous splash of brandy. The giblets are served with the soup. These are the neck, the liver, the heart and the craw, and fried wings. The goose is then served with boiled apple slices, prunes, boiled potatoes, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and a rich sauce. Apple cake with vanilla sauce is the traditional dessert, both for an eel feast and with a St Martin’s Day goose dinner. All self-respecting restaurants and inns serve goose, with all the accompaniments, and eel.
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Skåne drinks for all tastes

Skåne boils, ferments, bubbles and hisses with juice, mulled wine, apple juice, wine, champagne, schnapps and beer. It has long been acknowledged that people from Skåne have a fondness for good food. But did you realise that we also have an excellent nose for the finest drinks? Feel free to give it a try! The world's third-largest spirits brand ABSOLUT is produced exclusively in Åhus, Skåne. The soft grainy character of ABSOLUT derives from Skåne's rolling fields of winter wheat, which have proved to be ideal for the production of this quality vodka. Saturnus in Malmö knows how to mix drinks and is a market leader in terms of Swedish punch, liqueurs and mulled wine extract. The company is also responsible for famous schnapps brands such as Skärgårdssnapsar and Piratens besk, as well as Kallsupen aquavit. Traditional herring dishes of Skåne are best enjoyed with Skåne schnapps. Malmö Aquavit offers exciting spices including cumin from Slottsparken. Malmö company Symposion is responsible for this spiced spirit. Två Bryggare in Österlen is a family business with a sense of Skåne beer. Their unique drinks Farfars Svagdricka, Skånsk Klassiker and football beer Di Blåes öl are only available in Skåne. Stockeboda microbrewery dates back to the time when Skåne was part of Denmark and the farm was originally built as a hunting lodge in one of the most beautiful locations in Österlen. Babbling streams flow through deciduous forests and rolling fields. In 2008, the owners opened the microbrewery. A popular beer festival is also held here every year. From Bjäre Hembygd's new potato farm on the Bjärehalvön peninsula comes the world's first new potato vodka. The character of this vodka differs from year to year because the taste of the potatoes changes according to the soil and weather, something that is reflected in the taste of the vodka. Skåne's 'Elkschnaps' is a tribute to the king of the forest, the elk. Darom in Malmö produces this drink, with its unique taste and packaging. Twenty five selected spices and herbs from the kingdom of the elk give the schnapps its character. Packed in elk bullet-shaped bottles. Kullabygdens Musteri is constantly expanding its range with new flavours and blends and during apple season from 1 September, you can bring your own apples here, weigh them and buy ready-made apple juice at a reduced price. So you can exchange apples for ready-made apple juice. At Kiviks Musteri and Äpplets hus, you can stroll around the apple orchards, sample freshly squeezed juices and buy cider, juice, soup, jam and much more. Henric Åkessons Vinhus is surrounded by rows of apple trees. Here you can enjoy the apple blossom from early spring, and later on the lovely greenery and thousands of apples. Visit the café or restaurant, cider and gift shop, apple orchard and exhibition of knowledge about apple varieties and cultivation for the whole family. Henric Åkessons Vinhus imports wine and also produces its own wine, champagne, cider, mulled wine and mulled castle wine. A beer flavoured with hops grown on site can be enjoyed at Humletorkan in scenic Näsum. There is also a café where you can see how the old drying facility looked. Helsingborg is home to Zoégas, the coffee house with history. Since the 1800s, it has specialised in dark roast coffee and is currently the market leader in the field. In the Zoégas shop on Drottninggatan, you can enjoy the aromas and flavours of freshly ground coffee beans. The spring water from Ramlösa Brunnspark was known as being beneficial long before the health spa was officially inaugurated in 1707. Today, the mineral water is bottled, but you can still get a sense of history during a visit to Brunnsparken and its beautiful gardens. At Backafallsbyn's whisky bar, you can sample whisky from most of the world's 500 or so distilleries. Hällåkra Vingård is a genuine vineyard with its own cultivation and winery for both red and white wine. It produces 8000-10.000 litres of wine per year and also imports quality wines from Italy and France. You can visit during spring or summer evenings to sample the vineyard's own wine grapes, Solaris and Bolero. The popular wine Hällåkra Rondo is part of Systembolaget's exclusive range, is stored in American oak barrels and can also be sampled at the vineyard. Kronovalls Vinslott in Österlen enjoys a wonderful location. Here you can stay in beautifully-furnished rooms, and the renowned restaurant Petri Pumpa focuses on first-class local raw ingredients. Henric Åkesson's champagenoise Tirage is stored in the castle's wine cellar and you can take a guided tour among the tens of thousands of bottles sitting maturing. Hallongården in Bodarp near Trelleborg grows raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries. It produces juices, jams, mulled wine, etc. and the drinks are made from cold-pressed juices with only sugar added. Farm shop and café. Spirit of Hven is located in Backafallsbyn on the island of Ven outside Landskrona. Paradise for anyone who loves whisky. Visit the distillery for a guided tour and a whisky tasting. There is also a restaurant and a hotel for those who wish to stay overnight. Sövde Musteri in Sjöbo and Kivikås in Kivik produce juice from the fruit they grow themselves, local growers or from private individuals who bring their fruit to be turned into juice. Kivikås also grows pears, plums and cherries in and around Kivik and makes delicious juice, completely free from additives or chemicals. Both have their own farm shops. Flädergården in Vinslöv near Kristianstad grows its own elderberries and produces juice that is sold in its own farm shop. Also has a café, spa and conference centre. Havängsprodukter in Österlen is best known for its fine Österlen mustard, but also makes juice and jelly from elderflower. Malmö Brygghus in the old Richters brewery in central Malmö brews hoppy lager with a pleasant malt sweetness and strong foam, among other things. Pub serving its own beers.
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Dine like a king at a castle in Skåne!

Skåne has around 150 castles and manor houses. As well as fascinating history, some of them also offer horticultural experiences, art exhibitions and, of course, authentic Skåne food. Here you can find some of the stately residences that are guarantee to whet your appetite. Bjärsjölagård Manor House has 18 tastefully decorated guest rooms, with a further nine rooms in the charming guest house next to the manor house. The history of Bjärsjölagård stretches right back to prehistoric times, with a mighty castle called Beritzholm having once stood nearby. Welcome! Bäckaskog Castle, just over ten kilometres northeast of Kristianstad, enjoys a beautiful location on a spit of land between two sparkling lakes. King Karl XV used the castle as his rural retreat. Now it’s your turn to live like a king for a while, as you relax in rural Skåne. Häckeberga Manor House stands on one of the seven islands in Lake Häckeberga, amid some of Skåne’s most beautiful surroundings. Here you can enjoy good food, unique rooms and personal service. The manor house was built in 1875 in late Renaissance style, to plans drawn up by Helgo Zetterwall. The food alone is a reason to visit Häckeberga Manor House. Kronovalls Vinslott is in spectacular Österlen, surrounded by beech forests. Each room is unique, and is named after a different grape variety. The 18th and 19th century furnishings add to the historic feel. Fifteen of the rooms are in the castle itself, with eight more in two separate buildings next door. Stunning grounds. Kåseholms Slottshotell stands amid a beautiful estate, where the fields are farmed and the animals graze in the meadows. Here you can go walking, cycling (bikes are available for hire) or running. The Jeppsson family, who own the hotel, extend a warm welcome to this authentic manor house hotel. Snogeholm Castle is currently undergoing renovation, preserving the 19th century atmosphere while also meeting today’s demands for high standards of comfort. It is expected to open in spring 2014. Bring a friend for a weekend, and enjoy the surroundings of Lake Snogeholm. Svaneholm Castle was built in 1530, and has had a restaurant since the late 1960s serving seasonal menus. Nothing is semi-processed – the food is all made from scratch. Enjoy classic dining. Örenäs Castle stands in an elevated position just over ten kilometres south of Helsingborg, with magnificent views of the Öresund Sound and the island of Hven. Here you can enjoy luxurious weekend packages, such as a champagne weekend or a golf package. Or why not try an excursion package to Hven by bicycle, taking a picnic with you.
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Skåne´s juices

Fruit trees and berry bushes thrive in the fertile soil of Skåne. Don’t miss the locally produced juices, bursting with vitamins and taste. Kullabygdens Musteri (in swedish) The range of products keeps growing, with new flavours and combinations. During the apple season, from the beginning of September, you can bring your own apples, weigh them and buy ready-made juice at a reduced price. Kiviks Musteri and the House of Apples Here you can wander around in the apple groves, try freshly squeezed juice, and buy cider, juice, soup, jam, and much more. Kiviks Musteri is in Österlen, where the Åkesson family has worked since the late 1800s. Henric Åkessons Vinhus The building is surrounded by row after row of apple trees. From early spring you can enjoy the apple blossom, with lush greenery and thousands of apples later in the year. Visit the café or the restaurant, the juice and gift shop, the orchard and an exhibition for the entire family about apple varieties and cultivation. They import wine, and also produce their own wines, including sparkling wine, apple wine and mulled wine. Hallongården The farm is in Bodarp, close to Trelleborg, and grows raspberries, cherries and blueberries. They also produce juice, jam, mulled wine, etc., and the drinks are made from cold-pressed juice, adding only sugar. Don’t miss the farm shop and the raspberry café. Sövde Musteri (in swedish) Sövde Musteri in Sjöbo and Kivikås in Kivik produce juice from their own home-grown fruit and fruit from local growers or individuals who have brought their fruit for juicing. Kivikås also grows pears, plums and cherries in and around Kivik and makes delicious juice, completely free from additives or chemicals. Flädergården (in swedish) In Vinslöv near Kristianstad. Flädergården grows its own elderberries and produces juice that is sold in its own farm shop. There is also a café, spa, conference centre and B&B accommodation. Havängsprodukter (in swedish) Situated in Österlen. Best known for its fine Österlen mustard, but also makes elderflower juice and jelly.
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Nothing beats the atmosphere of the inns in Skåne

The flag is flying and the buzz and a promising rattling from the dining room can be heard from afar. The inns in Skåne are like rustic French taverns. They are definitely worth a small detour. The word inn conjures up a picture of a team of four horses stopping in front of a lit half-timbered building on a misty autumn evening. It's just as easy to imagine a long table with a freshly-laundered linen cloth, silver candelabras with white candles and the delightful, spicy smell of herring, sausage and dark rye bread… With traditions dating back to the middle ages, the inns of Skåne have provided a resting place for weary travellers and exhausted horses. It was possible to get a hearty home-cooked meal, warm yourself in front of an open fire, get a few hours of sleep and fresh horses. For the people of Skåne, the concept of the inn is a kind of security that accompanies us from the cradle to the grave. That's where we mark weddings, christenings, Mother's Day, birthdays, funerals, and Christmas, of course. In 1755 a three-course meal with beer would cost 12 cents at an inn in Österlen. Today, the prices are different, but the fare has not changed that much. You can still get good food made with local ingredients. Herring, schnapps, goose and fine wines are all on the menu. And you can sleep in nice warm beds and continue your travels well rested and refreshed the next day. Before you lie down to rest after eating, you should take the time to enjoy the scenery. Wander quietly between boxwood hedges or head off into the wild. Beech forest and babbling brooks can be found just around the corner. It's lovely to spend the night at an inn, so you can indulge in a nip of spirit with your herring and a good red wine with your saddle of venison. And then there's the romance of it all – what could be more romantic than a country inn. Today there are 22 inns left in Skåne, several dating back to the 1600s. All are steeped in history and many have particular specialities to offer.
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