THE PRINCE OF SAUSAGES
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THE PRINCE OF SAUSAGES
Some dishes that we eat and love in Scandinavia have rather “weird” names, but it’s very rare that we stop to think “hmm, where does this name come from?”
Prinskorv (Prince Sausage) is one of those. The most common way to have this Prince of Sausages, which basically is a shorter version of wiener sausage, is to fry it in a pan and serve it with different small sides. Thanks to the sausage's smooth taste it is suitable to serve with most things and it is one of the most popular things on the Swedish Christmas table and definitely in the Swedishness shop. So why is it that these little sausages are called Prinskorvar? Are they named after a particular prince? Unfortunately, no one really knows but there is a theory…
The sausage has had a few names: Siskonkorv, Syskonkorv and Prinskorv. The first time the name Prinskorv is mentioned is in the cookbook "Kokkonsten som vetenskap och konst" from 1879. Before that, the sausage was called Siskonkorv, which roughly means "little sausage" and came to the Swedish language from French, via “Low German”. Many misunderstood the name Siskonkorv and thought the name was “Syskonkorv” (sibling sausage). They do actually look a bit like siblings when they hang next to each other on a string. With time, somehow, the little sibling sausages instead got the name Prinskorvar. But why?
If we imagine that the Prince Sausage is named after a prince, which prince would it be? Were there any princes in Sweden when the cookbook was written? Maybe even some sibling princes? Yes, there was! Between 1859 and 1865, King Oscar II and Queen Sofia had four sons: Princes Gustaf, Oscar, Carl and Eugen. When the cookbook was published, they were between 14 and 21 years old, and were well-known and talked about throughout Sweden. It has not been confirmed and probably never will be, but chances are big that the Prince Sausage is indeed named after these four very real princes. We love a good story so we chose to believe so.
Until the year 2002, Prinskorv was a protected name and to be called Prinskorv, the little sausages had to contain at least 45 percent meat. That protection is however gone now so be careful when you put the sausage on the Christmas table, you don’t want to end up with a frog instead of a prince.
Luckily, our Prinskorvar from Per i Viken are all made with more than 45% meat content and now come in a bigger package as well. No frogs in the Swedishness shop, only real princes😉