Photo from Tromsø on an early afternoon in the winter period
The Norwegian winter period is extremely long and lasts for about six months. The northernmost counties, Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, experience ‘polar nights’ which means that the sun does not rise above the horizon during the winter half, and people live in almost total darkness. South of the Arctic Circle, daylight only occurs for a few hours a day. Norwegians, and others who live in the dark, need extra vitamins and minerals to stay both mentally and physically healthy.
- See also: Northern Lights in Northern Norway
Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A. Furthermore, carrots are rich on other vitamins, iron, potassium and fiber. Apples are a great source of additional vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Ginger root contains many antioxidants and ginger ale is often recommended for nausea.
Stay healthy – bon appetite!
Carrot Soup With Apples and Ginger
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1 large apple, peeled & chopped
1.5 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups vegetable broth
A pinch of nutmeg
Salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil over low-medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add minced garlic and ginger and cook for another couple minutes on low. Add chopped apple and carrots and cook for a few minutes more.
Add the vegetable broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered, or until tender.
Carefully transfer half of the soup into a blender (or you can use an immersion blender), add a pinch of nutmeg, and blend until smooth making sure to allow steam to escape through the lid. Remove blended soup and set aside. Now add the other half and blend again. Be careful as it’s very hot.
Place soup back in the pot and season with salt and pepper until to taste. You can thin the soup out a bit with more broth if desired. Serve and garnish with freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. It goes lovely with fresh bread and Earth Balance or hummus.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews