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Nyponsoppa (Swedish rose hip soup recipe)

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Nyponsoppa is a Swedish rosehip soup, a seasonal delicacy often served as a dessert with vanilla ice cream. Packed with vitamin C, this rose hip soup recipe is a shame to miss.

When most people think of “soup,” They envision a hot, savory dish intended to warm and satisfy, served as a main course or a side. However, Nyponsoppa is quite the opposite. Though it’s nutritious, it doesn’t warm you up. In fact, it’s often enjoyed with ice cream as a dessert.

Nyponsoppa (Swedish rose hip soup recipe)

What is Nyponsoppa?

Nyponsoppa is a traditional Swedish food made of rosehps –  rosehip soup. It is typically consumed in the autumn when fresh rosehips are in season. The good news is that the rosehip season is quite extended—depending on your location, you can gather them from September all the way through December.

Today’s Nyponsoppa is usually served as a dessert, often topped with whipped cream or ice cream. But it wasn’t always this way. In the 18th century, people used bread or breadcrumbs to thicken the soup. Later, potato starch and even oat flakes. Similarly, while some recipes recommended adding wine or raisins for flavor, others suggested gooseberry cordial instead.

In the 19th century, Nyponsoppa was traditionally served during Easter as a dessert after the main course of salmon on Good Friday supper. 

Nyponsoppa has evolved over time with different garnish ideas. These range from lemon peel, vanilla, almonds, sugar, and cinnamon to additions like dried cherries or pear slices.

People in Nordic countries consume it throughout the long winter months because of its high levels of vitamin C.

Additionally, if you don’t have access to fresh rosehips, you can still prepare this soup using dried rose hips. Thus eat it a year round.

How to serve Nyponsoppa

Why you will love this recipe?

  • traditional – this soup has been enjoyed by Swedes for generations
  • seasonal – made with rosehips, nyponsoppa is a seasonal delicacy that is a shame to miss
  • nutritious –  Rosehips are naturally high in vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system.

Ingredients

Fresh Rosehips (Nypon)

When foraging rose hips, look for fully ripen and avoid places that has been treated with pesticides.

foraging rosehip

There are over 300 species of rose bushes in the Rosacea family, but all are edible. However, the best wild roses for this recipe are dog rose (Rosa canina), sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa), field rose (Rosa arvensis), downy rose (Rosa villosa), Rosa rugosa and burnet rose (Rosa spinosissima).

The outer red pulp has a sweet and tangy flavor, but the fruit has seeds inside that can irritate. Fortunately, you don’t have to remove the seeds for this recipe! After cooking, you can strain them out with a sieve, saving time.

Rosehips are beneficial and packed with plenty of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Raw Sugar

You can also use honey or apple juice as a sweetener.

How to make Swedish Rose hip soup Nyponsoppa

First step: Prepare the rosehips

Gather the rosehips, remove the stems and stalks, and wash them thoroughly with cold water. Cut the hard rosehips in half, but leave the soft ones whole.

How to make Swedish Rose hip soup Nyponsoppa

Second step: Soak the rosehips

In a saucepan, pour five cups of lukewarm water and add three cups of rosehips. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let them sit overnight or for at least five hours. This not only makes the soup darker and more flavorful, but it also helps soften dried rosehips.

Third step: Cook the rosehips

The following day, bring to a boil and cook under medium heat and stir, until the rosehips are soft. Depending on how ripe the rosehips are, this process can take up to 20 minutes.

Fourth step: Blend the mixture

Use a hand or immersion blender to turn the mixture into a creamy purée. You can also run the pulp through a food mill.

Fifth step: Strain the mixture

Strain the mixture using a muslin cloth or a fine sieve.

Check the consistency of the soup: if it’s too thin, you can thicken it by adding potato starch. If it’s too thick, add water to achieve the desired texture. The consistency will vary based on the amount of pulp removed during the straining process.

Sixth step: add a sweetener

Depending of the sweetness of rosehips you want to add honey, raw sugar, white sugar, or another sweetener until you have the right level of sweetness. Yu will need to warm it up to dissolve the sugar.

No need for the honey.

Prepare the rosehips

How to serve Nyponsoppa

Nyponsoppa can be served either warm or cold. In Sweden, people traditionally serve it cold with almond macaroons and whipped cream or crème fraîche.

Serve the soup as a dessert-like experience; serve Nyponsoppa with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Serve with almond cookies, Swedish “mandelbiskvier,” or light biscuits. This adds a crunchy texture to the soup and complements its sweetness.

You can also drink it as an immune-boosting smoothie. Add a bit of water or juice and perhaps some ice cubes.

Serve it as a warm soup and garnish it with lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, or even dried fruits such as raisins or cherries. 

What is Nyponsoppa?

How to store this Swedish rosehip soup?

Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. The soup should keep well for 3 to 5 days in the fridge.

If you want to store the soup for a longer period, you can freeze it. Pour the cooled soup into freezer bag and lay them flat to save space. The frozen soup can last up to 3 months.

You can also freeze the cleaned rosehips the same way. 

Swedish rose hip soup recipe
How to store this Swedish rosehip soup?

Nyponsoppa (Swedish rose hip soup recipe)

Vladka@simplybeyondherbs.com
Nyponsoppa is a Swedish rosehip soup, a seasonal delicacy often served as a dessert with vanilla ice cream. Packed with vitamin C, this rose hip soup recipe is a shame to miss.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine International
Servings 4 people
Calories 928 kcal

Ingredients
  

To garnish

Instructions
 

  • Gather the rosehips, remove the stems and stalks, and wash them thoroughly with cold water. Cut the hard rosehips in half, but leave the soft ones whole.
  • In a saucepan, pour five cups of lukewarm water and add three cups of rosehips. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let them sit overnight or for at least five hours. This not only makes the soup darker and more flavorful, but it also helps soften dried rosehips.
  • The following day, bring to a boil and cook under medium heat and stir, until the rosehips are soft. Depending on how ripe the rosehips are, this process can take up to 20 minutes.
  • Use a hand or immersion blender to turn the mixture into a creamy purée. You can also run the pulp through a food mill.
  • Strain the mixture using a muslin cloth or a fine sieve.
  • Check the consistency of the soup: if it’s too thin, you can thicken it by adding potato starch. If it’s too thick, add water to achieve the desired texture. The consistency will vary based on the amount of pulp removed during the straining process.
  • Depending of the sweetness of rosehips you want to add honey, raw sugar, white sugar, or another sweetener until you have the right level of sweetness. You will need to warm it up to dissolve the sugar.
  • No need for the honey.

Notes

Nyponsoppa can be served either warm or cold. In Sweden, people traditionally serve it cold with almond macaroons and whipped cream or crème fraîche.
Serve the soup as a dessert-like experience; serve Nyponsoppa with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Serve with almond cookies, Swedish “mandelbiskvier,” or light biscuits. This adds a crunchy texture to the soup and complements its sweetness.
You can also drink it as an immune-boosting smoothie. Add a bit of water or juice and perhaps some ice cubes.
Serve it as a warm soup and garnish it with lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, or even dried fruits such as raisins or cherries. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 928kcalCarbohydrates: 203gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 101mgFiber: 3gSugar: 165g
Keyword Nyponsoppa, rose hip soup, rosehip soup recipe, swedish soup
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Vladka on October 23rd, 2022
5 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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