World-famous Swedish meatballs are actually based on a Turkish recipe brought by a king in the 18th century, the official Twitter account of the country said in a post on Saturday.
"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!" the message said.
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! pic.twitter.com/JuTDEjq9MM— Sweden.se (@swedense) April 28, 2018
Annie Mattson, a researcher at Uppsala University told the Anadolu Agency that the king spent some years in exile in the Ottoman Empire after losing a war with the Russians and lived in Bender, Moldova for around five years.
After deciding to return home, the king brought a number of Turkish specialties from Istanbul, including meatballs, coffee and a stuffed cabbage dish.
Charles reigned from 1697 to 1718 and while living in Bender, then-Ottoman Sultan Ahmet III bought some Swedish women and children held by the Russians and handed them over to the Swedes, which boosted relations between the two countries.
Köttbullar, known as "köfte" in Turkish, Swedish meatballs are a popular delicacy and are sold at Swedish furniture giant Ikea stores around the world.
Turkish meatballs are made with ground beef and ground lamb, and also contain other ingredients such as onions, eggs, bread crumbs, parsley and seasoning.