Souvas is lightly salted reindeer meat smoked in the traditional Sámi tent (the Kåta). Souvas requires no further seasoning and can be eaten in thin slices, without any cooking or it can be gently fried.
Mashed potatoes and lingonberries are traditional complements.
Souvas is also great for eating outdoors with bread. Initiates will use a soft Sámi bread to get the last pieces out of the frying pan, soaking it in the tasty fat left by the frying.
Since Souvas is a handcrafted product taste will vary slightly depending on who has smoked the meat.
The Ark of Taste a Noah's Ark of taste
The Ark of Taste is a Noah's Ark of tastes created by the SlowFood movement. In the Ark exquisite gastronomic products threatened by industrialisation, macro-farming and GMO techniques are listed.
Sámi Souvas is listed in the Ark along with products like goat-prosciutto, native American wild rice and sheep cheese from the Dutch island of Texel.
Across the world Ark-commissions work tirelessly to promote local breeds and crops.
Everyone can make a commitment through the Ark. As a consumer you can chose the Ark-listed products and spread knowledge about the products and as a producer you can keep traditional techniques alive.
This sometimes mean abstaining from the use of certain species, especially wild growing plants.
If a traditional ecologically grown product, with a superior taste and produced locally, is threatened Slow Food can initialise a Presidia Project, which guarantees a bright future through documentation and standardisation.
2003 saw the birth of the first Presidia-project in Sweden focused on Souvas; smoked reindeer topside. Souvas thus became Sweden's first Presidia-product, a status granted by Slow Food to protect endangered products for future generations. Souvas being granted this status is a result of a cooperation between Slow Food Sápmi and the National Sámi Association. Presidia-products are of outmost taste and quality and are produced on a small scale with traditional methods. A host of Swedish profile restaurants have adopted Souvas in an acclaimed move that has introduced Swedish people to the quality and taste of the product.