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Norwegians not sheepish about devouring Dolly. The demand for sheep’s head is higher than ever before. The traditional Norwegian dish called ‘smalahove’ is now a sought-after delicacy. It was once the “poor people’s” dish, but has now gone to gourmets’ heads. “We have bought even more heads this year than we have ever done before," Ivar L. Løne from Voss, one of Norway’s biggest producers tells NRK.

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Norwegians not sheepish about devouring Dolly

Published on Tuesday, 12th October, 2010 at 14:32 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

The demand for sheep’s head is higher than ever before. The traditional Norwegian dish called ‘smalahove’ is now a sought-after delicacy.

Sheepish trio
Sheepish trio
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We all like sheep

It was once the “poor people’s” dish, but has now gone to gourmets’ heads.

“We have bought even more heads this year than we have ever done before," Ivar L. Løne from Voss, one of Norway’s biggest producers tells NRK.

Approximately 80,000 burnt, de-brained, sometimes smoked, and then boiled sheep’s heads have been sold so far this year.

80,000 heads are equivalent to 160,000 portions, since only half a head is used for each smalahove serving.

Løne and his team distribute the bulk to the rest of the country as it has now become famous all over Norway.

“We expect there will be a new record this year too,” he continues, saying they only serve a small amount of their production on the farm.

‘Fond’ farewell?

"The best part are the eyes. These are the most-used muscles and therefore they taste best; It just melts on the tongue," Løne told some reluctant tourists, according to the Johannesburg newspaper Mail and Guardian.

However, it is still considered to be a ‘weird’ dish by some foreigners. Even some Norwegians feel uneasy the first time they try a bite out of the half head lying on their plate.

“I have a few mixed feelings right now. I really want to taste it and will try my best. Nevertheless,it is a little unpleasant to see that cute sheep in front of me," economics student Siri Svendsen told NRK just as she was about to try a hot plate of the dish at Løne’s farm.




Published on Tuesday, 12th October, 2010 at 14:32 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: sheep, head, smalahove, delicacy, dish, voss, norway.





  
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