Devastating news out of Sweden: Those meatballs the country’s always given credit for? They’re actually Turkish.
Much to the dismay of IKEA meatball fans everywhere, the official Twitter account of Sweden revealed the dish’s origins in a surprisingly straight forward tweet shared Saturday.
It reads: “Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. Let’s stick to the facts!”
Indeed, as the Guardian notes, King Charles XII spent five years living in Turkey during the early 1700s where he picked up the country’s recipe for lamb and beef meatballs. Eventually, those came to be known as Swedish meatballs.
In light of this news, Sweden’s Twitter account is doing its best to console shocked meatball fans:
Don’t be so hard on yourself! Time starts now!
— Sweden.se (@swedense) May 2, 2018
Our condolences to the entire country of Sweden, and to the global staff of IKEA.
[H/T: The Guardian]
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