The best chefs will queue up to recommend the cold-pressed rapeseed or canola oil from Bornholm, and the amber yellow oil is also known as the olive oil of the Nordics. The rapeseed is gathered from several places on the island and pressed and bottled locally. You can also find the oil with added spices and lemon, and is perfect for baking, frying and marinades. Lehnsgaard Rapsolie is one of the upmost factories here on Bornholm.
Many shook their heads in disbelief when the wine grower west of Pedersker planted his first grapevines back in June 2000. But when the first wine was put on the market three years later it led to traffic jams, phones ringing off the hook, and heavy media coverage, so much so that it was sold out in less than two hours. That wine grower is now one of Denmark’s biggest, and his range also includes fruit wine, brandy and whisky.
When the brewery in Svaneke opened in 2000 it was approx. 45 years since Bornholm’s last brewery existed – and judging by the local interest, it was something the islanders had missed. The beer quickly became famous – also outside Bornholm – and today production includes many different types of unfiltered beer. If you visit the brewery in Svaneke you will see the 1,000 litre copper kettle, where hops, malt and water are transformed into delicious beer.
In 1994 the Bornholm aquavit was produced on Bornholm for the first time in 70 years. Today the aquavit tastes exactly as it did 100 years ago, and is now accompanied by other aquavits, bitter and the well-known Bornholm honey “syp”– the honey aquavit, a Christmas classic, where aquavit and warm honey are mixed together.
It started as a public project for socially marginalised people – to give them some safe surroundings, where they could work as much as they were able to. That was the beginning of the juice mill Bornholms Mosteri. Bornholms Mosteri produce organic fruit juice and nectar to leading restaurants, shops and cafés in the Nordic countries.
Recently there have been added other Bornholm drinks: Small distilleries on the island produce gin, rum, whisky and other liquors – with ingredients straight from the islands’ nature. You can also get fermented kefir drinks and other exciting and different drinks.
(Cover picture taken by Semko Balcerski)
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