With the Nobel festivities yet again in focus, we’ll be taking a look at one of the returning key components on the Nobel menu; Kalixlöjrom. Vendace roe from the Islands of Swedish Lapland, an origin-protected product with the same star status as Champagne, Parma ham and Dijon mustard.
It’s end of October. The fishing boats along the Swedish Lapland coast have been fishing for vendace since September 20th, from 6 am to 6 pm, six days a week. It’s spawning time for the little, no more than 20 centimetres long, whitefish from the Salmonidae family.
Here, from Haparanda in the north to Piteå in the south, lies the world’s northernmost brackish water archipelago. Huge amounts of freshwater, chockfull of minerals, flows from the Torne, Kalix, Lule and Pite Rivers into the Bay of Bothnia where it collides with the sea, creating a unique habitat. This is where the little silvery fish that produces exclusive, deep reddish-gold caviar gathers to breed.