Kalix Löjrom is the designation of the roe of the small salmonid fish species vendace (Coregonus albula), harvested specifically from the Bothnian Bay archipelago of the Baltic Sea in northern Sweden. Since 2010 it has a status of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) issued by the European Union, and is the only Swedish product with the PDO status. Kalix is a locality in Norbotten County.
The roe harvest normally starts late September and continues until the vendace are ready for spawning around late October.
For various reasons the roe has a more orange or red color than most vendace roe and the grains have a mild taste. Kalix Löjrom is often served at royal dinners and it is common on the Nobel banquets.
Once caught, the fish are sorted by sex as only the females produce sought-after roe. The roe has to be extracted by hand. This is a highly skilled job: each female vendace produces about 2 teaspoons of roe, which has to be rinsed, dried and lightly salted before it can be labelled as Kalix löjrom.
For various reasons the roe has a more orange or red colour than most vendace roe and it has a more mild and subtle taste.
One of the simplest ways of serving Kalix löjrom is on rye bread with some gräddfil or soured cream mixed with some finely chopped red onion.
Net Weight: 50 g. / 1.76 oz.
Country of Origin: Sweden