Swedish meatball dish is originally based on a Turkish recipe, Swedish government admitted 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 government said on its official Twitter account.
Annie Mattson, a researcher at the literature department of Uppsala University, told Anadoly Agency that Sweden’s King Charles XII lost a battle against Russia and took shelter in Bender, the then Ottoman territory near Moldova.
Mattson also added that the king brought the meatballs recipe, coffee beans, and stuffed cabbage when he returned to his country.
Reporting by Atila Altuntas:Writing by Sadık Kedir Abdu