Die Rote Grütze is a sweet fruit dish from Northern Germany and Denmark (where it’s called Rødgrød). Essential ingredients are red summer berries such as Johannisbeeren (red currant), Himbeeren (raspberries), Erdbeeren (strawberries), Schwarzkirschen (black cherries), and other berries. The preparation is basically that of a pudding: The fruits are cooked briefly with sugar and a binding agent. It’s a popular dessert or even main meal for summer lunch, served hot or cold with vanilla sauce, milk, a mix of milk & vanilla sugar, whipped cream, or custard to balance the fruity taste. Other variants are known in Germany: Grüne Grütze is made from gooseberries with kiwi and pineapple, while peaches, yellow gooseberries, pineapple, bananas, golden kiwi, and other yellow fruits yield Gelbe Grütze. Blackberries, blueberries, plums, blackcurrant, and grapes can be used to make Blaue Grütze.