“Blott Sverige svenska krusbär har” (“Only Sweden has Swedish gooseberries”) author Carl Jonas Love Almquist (1793-1866) once lamented. And while that certainly is true, there’s nothing that says gooseberries elsewhere aren’t just as tasty.

Here at least is a Swedish recipe for what you can make with gooseberries – Swedish or not – a recipe for gooseberry jam, which is great to eat with Swedish “filmjölk” (impossible to find in the US, yes, but we found a perfect substitute in Lifeway’s plain kefir, and you can add it to plain yoghurt as well as pancakes and waffles). The recipe comes from Alltommat.se

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Ingredients:
2.3 lbs cleaned gooseberries
4 oz water
540 g sugar

Instruction:
Bring berries and water to boil in a pot under lid, and let boil 10-15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the sugar, a little at a time. Bring up to a boil again, and then let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove foam, and pour the jam into clean, glass jars.