What is the national fruit of Finland
TYPICAL FINNISH SPECIALTIES
Typical Finnish specialties
Finns have a passion for good food and are real connoisseurs.
And what's more, they're true to their culinary roots.
Although you can actually buy anything your heart desires in Finland these days, it is best to let yourself be pampered with the national delicacies during a visit.
In Finland, market stalls everywhere are full of seasonal produce and local delicacies. Certain favorite dishes are duly celebrated at festivals.
And the Finns like to name their pastries after famous poets!
Here we have put together a list of 10 typical Finnish specialties that you should definitely try. Come on, take courage!
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These pastries come from the Karelia countryside in eastern Finland. There is also the mythical birthplace of Kalevala, the 19th century epic poem that has become a central part of Finnish identity.
Karjalanpiirakka or Karelian pierogies fit in your hand and melt in your mouth. The crust traditionally consisted of rye flour and the filling of potatoes, rice or carrots. They taste particularly delicious when coated with egg butter!
Kalakukko are similar to Karjalanpiirakka, but they are larger and filled with fish. Traditionally, the filling consists of muikku, a small, herring-like fish from the eastern Finnish lake district. Kalakukko used to be considered lunch on the go, because the pie contains everything you need for a full meal.
A Finnish summer is not complete without grill imakkara. These big, plump sausages are perfect for grilling, eaten with mustard and washed down with beer. The Finns love them, and children grow up with this snack. Grillimakka are a popular summer house dish, and in winter they can be cooked crispy over a campfire.
Ruisleipä - rye bread - is made from sourdough and it is impossible to imagine Finnish cuisine without it. There are many different types, but the most popular and widely available is Reikäleipa, the bread with the hole. In the past, bread was kept on bars under the roof. This dense, flat bread is very heavy, but the Finns love it so much that they even have it sent by post when they live abroad. The costs do not matter then.
Näkkileipä is the cracker version of rye bread and there are also many varieties, including the internationally available Finn Crisp. Crackers are available for breakfast - with butter, cheese and other spreads, for lunch with soup or as an evening snack.
Korvapuusti means slap in the face, but it's actually cinnamon rolls. The Finns have not applied for a patent for their cinnamon rolls, but it is quite possible that the Finnish cinnamon rolls are the best in the world. It's best enjoyed with a cup of coffee (Finns drink more coffee and probably eat more cinnamon rolls than any other European nation), and it's next to impossible to stop after one. Or after two.
In July and August, the Finnish forests are full of blueberries. They are just everywhere and you almost feel panicked when you are not used to seeing them in such large quantities. You will want to pluck them all to freeze them for the winter. That is exactly what the Finns do, but they are best enjoyed in summer, on their own or in a homemade cake. Even if you can bake wonderful cakes from all Finnish berries, the typical blueberry cake, which is traditionally served with fresh milk, is the best known and most popular of them all.
Another wild-growing Finnish berry is the lingonberry - it is bitter and is often used in jams or juices. But the noblest of all berries is undoubtedly the cloudberry, which grows in the north of the country. Light orange and wonderfully sour, it is a delicacy whose arrival in the markets of the south is eagerly awaited every summer, because it is only available for a short time and is therefore in great demand.
Silli ja uudet perunat
New potatoes with herring (silli). New potatoes with fresh sea fish and chanterelle sauce. New potatoes with fish roe (mäti). New potatoes with a pinch of butter, a little dill and a pinch of salt.
The variations are endless, and all of them will make the connoisseur's mouth water. Finns can talk about new potatoes for quite a long time, because the small tubers are the promise of the upcoming summer. They are harvested around midsummer and this event is worth a newspaper report every year.
How can something so simple be so divine?
Crab festivals or “kraftskiva” were originally a Swedish tradition that the Finns have adopted and celebrate with sophistication every summer. These small freshwater crabs are considered a gourmet treat and are not cheap. For this reason, they are eaten in style. In honor of the cancer season, which usually takes place between June 21 and early autumn, elegant, lavish parties are held.
Reindeer are found in Finland's northernmost province, Lapland, and recent studies have shown that their meat is some of the healthiest on a plate. It's high in B-12, omega-3, omega-6, and it's lean too. Not to forget: it tastes delicious!
Served with mashed potatoes, this dish is very popular all over the country and in every season.
Leipäjusto is crackling cheese, in English also "squeaky cheese" (squeaky cheese, because it makes squeaky noises when you bite into it). This cheese is also known as juustoleipä or bread cheese. A mild cheese that is traditionally made from cow's milk, but sometimes also from goat or reindeer milk. The milk is first soured and then fried, baked in a pie pan and cut into slices. A very special treat with cloudberry jam!
These Finnish specialties can be found in markets and restaurants all over Finland, but the best way to experience local food is at someone's home!
There is one thing you shouldn't miss out on when in Finland: salmiakki (brine licorice) - almost all Finns are addicted to it, and the Fazer Blue chocolate that you will crave when you get home.
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