June newsletter

June newsletter

Welcome to another edition of our monthly newsletter. In this newsletter we have:

  • New Products
  • Blueberry vs Bilberry
  • Midsummer/Midwinter is nearly here
  • Products on Short Date sale
  • This months Features Product - Green Peppercorn Sauce

New Products

We have had a new shipment of Herrings, Cod Roe and Mackerel to keep you during the winter period.

  • Smoked Cod Liver - Fantastic as a topping on Crispbread
  • Queens Blend Jam - a beautiful mix of two berries that brings you a unique flavour.
  • Blueberry Jam - Jam made by the fantastic European Blueberry also known as the bilberry (or Blabar).


Scandinavia is about to celebrate midsummer and we are getting close to Matariki and Midwinter. Why not invite your friends to a true Scandinavian Midsummer/midwinter feast. Herrings, Meatballs with lingonberry and cream sauce, Janssons temptation, maybe even a Roast with Bearnaise or Green Peppercorn sauce. For dessert: ginger snaps with blue cheese or for the sweet tooth a Danish Lagkage with Makroner. (We used the Danish Makroner in a Swedish "Meringue Swiss" the other day - yum!)

To help you get though the darkest Month of the year we have also taken 20% off all candle holders.

Christmas Planning

To a Swede it feels like Christmas is around the corner when I go outside, Brrrr. So it doesn't actually feel strange to start planning for Christmas already. We are about to place an order from Sweden and Norway (yay, we have found a Norwegian supplier!) at the end of June. Please let us know what you are longing for. You can let us know by sending an email, talk to us of Facebook or on the contact page on this website. We do listen and we are trying to get a small amount of almost everything you wish for. But sometimes our suppliers BBF dates doesn't make it possible.

Bilberries vs Blueberries

Blueberries(Vaccinium cyanococcus) are well-known berries commonly eaten across the world. Bilberries(Vaccinium myrtillus) however, are more commonly consumed in Europe, hence the ambiguous name “European blueberry” or blaeberry.

Bilberries and blueberries have both been used as traditional medicine, however bilberry has been shown to be far more effective by modern scientific and clinical investigations. This is due to the fact that bilberries contain a significantly higher concentration of the active substances anthocyanins (a form of isoflavonoids) than blueberries, along with a higher antioxidant potential.

To date, there is evidence that anthocyanins reduce cell damage caused by oxidative stress, while protecting cardiovascular function, and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. For eye health, bilberry provides many protective effects against vision impairments and blindness.

The health benefits of bilberry have long been known, and more recently justified in modern scientific literature with associated research. Preliminary clinical studies suggest that bilberry reduces symptoms from occurring after excessive use of computer terminals, protects against various visual disturbances such as glaucoma, reduces the visually debilitating occurrence of commonly occurring cataracts and reduces the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy.

All products from SweNZ Taste (Bluberry Soup, Blueberry Concentrate, Blueberry Jam, Queens Blend Jam) are all made from the European Blueberry - Bilberry, but the labels will just state blueberry.

National day of Sweden

The National day of Sweden in celebrated on the 6 of June each day. Have you got you Friendship pin yet? We also have some beautiful Floral Flag serviettes to brighten the day!

Short Date Sale

This month we have quite a few sweet products coming up with short Best Before Date. For more information on Best Before vs Expiry Date please see our Best Before page. Please note SweNZ Taste does NOT sell Expired Products only Products that have Past or is close to Best Before Date.

This Month's Features Product

Blå Band is a leading brand in soups and sauces in Scandinavia.
A nice sauce brings a meal together and turns a nice meal to fantastic meal.

Green peppercorns have a flavor that can be described as piquant and fresh, combined with an aroma that is bright and lively.
-Green peppercorns complement game and duck dishes

Dried green peppercorns are the unripe berries of the Piper nigrum. The plant that produces this fresher tasting pepper belongs to the piperaceae plant family.

Of the three types of pepper produced by the vine Piper nigrum, green peppercorns are harvested earliest, when the berries have not yet ripened. The other two forms produced by this evergreen vine are the more common black and white pepper.
In addition to the pungent bite associated with black pepper, green peppercorns deliver a sharp, acidic flavor that makes them a welcome addition to rich foods like duck, venison and cream sauces.

Green Peppercorn Sauce with it's distinctive character is the sauce to match any occasion. Works well with steak, meatloaf but also a great compliment to Chicken or cold cuts.
Tips to try: Make the sauce according to instruction on the packet. Add 1 tablespoon of blue cheese and 1 tablespoon cream for an exciting sauce.

Featured Product Price:

Green Peppercorn Sauce, 3-pack: Was $9.00 Now $7.50

Green Peppercorn Sauce, 1-pack: Was $4.00 Now $3.50

Posted: Sat 02 Jun 2012