Locals have a very short period of time to grow vegetables even today, so they try to stock up on vegetables for the rest of the year in just a few months. The tradition of preparing various pickles and marinades appeared here more than a hundred years ago, and vegetable preserves never lost their relevance. They are served in restaurants of any level, and in small bars and pubs, salted and pickled vegetables are one of the most common snack options. Even though residents of NorrkĂ¶ping have the opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables in supermarkets all year round, they are still not at all popular today. They prefer regional products and home-style cooking devoid of any frills. It is also worth noting that spices never took root in local cooking and are rarely added to any dishes today.
Fans of holidays and festivals will be interested in visiting NorrkĂ¶ping on the eve of Christmas and New Year when a series of festive entertainments takes place in the city. Mandatory attributes of the holiday are colorful fairs and solemn illumination adorning all city streets and squares. The townspeople consider Christmas to be a family holiday celebrated in a family circle. Before Christmas, they dress a Christmas Tree and exchange presents.
The celebration of Christmas has one interesting tradition: on Christmas night, locals always put a cup of almond porridge outside their homes. This authentic tradition dates back hundreds of years. In the past, local people performed such a mysterious ritual to appease the little dwarves. It was believed that if you treat them generously on the holiday, the coming year will be rich and fertile. The good tradition has now become one of the many legends, but the locals still take it very seriously.