TODD COLEMAN
Culture

Solstice Snack

By Joy Hui Lin


Published on June 21, 2013

Knackebrod, or crispbread, has been part of the Swedish diet since antiquity. It is said that the Vikings ate the nutty rye flour cracker: It's nutritious and nearly unperishable. Traditionally, it is baked with a center hole for drying on a wooden pole, and its grooves, which help it cook evenly, are created by a stud-covered rolling pin. Swedes eat crispbread often, but it's especially popular on Midsummer's Eve paired with pickled herring and a shot of strong drink.

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