It's Crayfish Season!


One of the culinary highlights of the year is crayfish season. Everyone looks forward to the season 'opening' in early August, and the tradition hasn't changed since artist Carl Larsson showed his family preparing this outdoor feast in his book A Home (1899). Notice the pot for boiling the crayfish by the boat and his children busily fishing. Served with fresh (preferably already bloomed) dill, it's washed down with schnapps (for adults) and followed (as with all Swedish meals) by coffee, which Larsson's wife, Karin, cooks over a fire at left. If you're lucky when visiting Sweden in August, you might get invited to a Crayfish Party (kräftskiva)!