Sweden gets set for Easter egg frenzy
The Local/po · 6 Apr 2012, 11:41
Published: 06 Apr 2012 11:41 GMT+02:00
In line with custom, the annual egg-eating frenzy will reach fever pitch on Easter Saturday evening, when Swedes gobble an average of six million eggs every hour, industry association Svenska Ägg said.
Swedes eat an average of an impressive 4.1 boiled eggs each over Easter weekend, compared to 2.1 on a normal weekend.
The tradition of eating eggs at Easter likely has roots in heathen sacrificial ceremonies. Although the medieval church rejected heathen traditions, several persisted and the egg continued to have symbolic meaning to parishioners.
What’s more, the egg also functions as a symbol of life in Christian traditions, serving as a tasty reminder of Jesus Christ’s Biblical resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The end of the 40-day Lenten fasting period also has many Christians keen to put as many eggs as possible in the same basket over the Easter weekend.
The breakfast of choice for many, some 97 percent of Swedes say they’re fond of an egg, according to a survey of 1,000 people conducted by Svenska Ägg ahead of this year’s Easter holiday.
For 44 percent of Swedes, the white of the egg needs to be firm, but with a creamy yolk as its proud centrepiece.
As they age, however, Swedes tend to start opting for a runnier yolk, while younger Swedes continue to prefer it stiffer.
At Easter, 74 percent of Swedes eat their eggs with a form of topping, with mayonnaise and shrimp a popular combination.
Some 38 percent serve their eggs peeled and boiled at the customary Easter buffet, or "påskbord".
Almost 60 percent of Swedes give the gift of sweet Easter eggs, receive visits from Easter witches (see related article above), and decorate their homes with twigs and brightly coloured feathers. 15 percent even put up special Easter curtains to mark the occasion.
80 percent of respondents said they had candy on hand to give out to the children dressed as witches who go from door to door touting for treats.
In addition to eggs, a typical "påskbord" spread includes herring, salmon and ”påskmust,” a rootbeer-type drink popular during Swedish holidays.