[also posted over at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.blogs.denmark.dk]
Here's a strange Danish delicacy. Do you know what it is?
They're called asier and you'll often see them served in Denmark alongside hot roasts like flæskesteg (pork), frikadeller (Danish meatballs) or cold roastbeef. I was a bit wary of them at first (they look so anaemic) but now I love them! If you close your eyes, they taste like soft, slightly rubbery beetroot. (That's supposed to a compliment.) I've never seen them anywhere outside of Denmark. And when visiting family ask me what they are I say they're pickled white cucumber. But is there a better word for them? Most dictionaries suggest 'pickled gherkin'. According to botanists they're a member of the pumpkin family.