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What do the Finnish people eat?
Fresh fish prepared in different ways, eaten all year. One of the great passions of Finns is smoked fish. This product is practically everywhere, in open air markets and cutlery, and supermarkets. Lohi and uudet perunat (salmon and potatoes) are a very popular summer food. These potatoes are only available in the summer. Paistetut muikut (fried whitefish) can be found easily during summer in markets in the port of Helsinki. The easily filleted and marinated fresh fish, such as salmon (graavilohi) is suitable for many fish recipes. Dinner, jokiravut (crayfish) in the late summer is an integral part of Finnish cuisine and social culture. These crayfish are only available between July and August.
Kalakeitto (fish soup) is a very typical among Finnish food. It is served in restaurants, canteens, schools etc. Usually the Finnish fish soups, even the salmon have added milk or cream.
Ruisleipä: (black rye bread) remains an essential food in Finnish households. The Finns were ahead of fashion with this natural food – they have always been big bread eaters.
Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pie) is a kind of rice dumpling, which is made with rye flour and a mixture of butter eggs. The Karelian pies come from North Karelia, near the Russian border. However, today, pies are consumed throughout the country.
Rieska (lefse) is typical of Karelia and Lapland traditional bread. Kalakukko : It is an exquisite specialty of the province of Savo. It is black bread stuffed with fish and bacon. It’s actually a rather big pie.
Finnish meat is high quality. Lapland has always exerted a great influence on Finnish cuisine. Poronkäristystä (reindeer meat stew) eaten with cranberry jelly and mashed potatoes. It is a very typical food of Lapland. A true classic baked dishes is the karjalanpaisti (Karelian stew). It was originally used as pot roast. The most common meat in this dish is beef or pork. Served with mashed potatoes, boiled swede cubes, carrots, rice or crushed cranberries. Makkara (sausage) it is undoubtedly the main fast food in Finland. Grilled sausage is always an honored guest at the festivals of music, sports competitions and fairs. It is very common during summer and there are always parties, where “makkara” is roasted on the grill. Mustamakkara (black pudding) with cranberry jelly is a very typical food of the area of Tampere.
A popular dessert in Finland is leipäjuusto (cheese with fresh bread) baked – a typical dish in northern Finland served with hot cream and jam.
The berries are the main ingredient in preparing desserts. For example vispipuuro (sweet delicacy of dough and whipped berries) is a common dessert and marjakiisseli (thick compote of berries). Raparperipiirakka (a tart rhubarb) with vanilla sauce is a common dessert in summer. Korvapuusti (a sweet cinnamon bun) is often eaten with afternoon coffee. Between February and March, on Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, children and adults will slide on the snow. This day has its own donut called laskiaispulla, the middle of which contains marzipan or raspberry jam with whipped cream.
Mämmi : Finnish Easter pudding, made from malt, rye flour and sugar is eaten during Holy Week.
Finish Pancake Recipe is the most requested online – Pannukakkuis is not just your normal pancake but a baked pancake sliced into squares.
Finns eat a lot of candy. A type of salted caramel called salmiakki is very popular. It’s like a bar of licorice flavor of chloride and ammonium can be found in every supermarket.
Another candy lakritsi (licorice) is also very popular.
Drinks with Meals
Fresh water, beer or wine is drunk but it is very common to drink milk with meals.
Finland has the highest per capita consumption of coffee in the world. “Time for coffee” is an oft-repeated phrase in Finland. Meetings around a cup of coffee remain an important ritual in the life of the Finns. On some festive occasions, a cup of coffee is savored with a glass of delicious berry liqueur.
Lager is a favorite for after the sauna. The secret of Finnish beer is in excellent water quality, the best available barley and a long tradition of brewing. Two very common “shots” are Salmari and Fisu. Salmari is a strong drink as a shot of salmiakki. FISU is a strong drink flavored mentholated licorice.