If you ask me, one of the best parts of getting to know a new culture is tasting all the local foods. And right now, I’d like to introduce you to some Finnish treats that are worth trying. With these dishes, you’ll get a taste of Finland!
- Smoked salmon – With the many rivers, lakes and seas that Finland has, it is no wonder that fish dishes are a staple of the Finnish cuisine. Smoked salmon is one of the most delicious, especially if you make it yourself. Throw in some potatoes and maybe a yoghurt-based sauce with some herbs: you’ve got a typically Finnish, tasty meal.
- Berries – There are huge amounts of cloudberries, blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries and wild strawberries lurking in the depths of Finnish forests, waiting to be picked. They can be used for making desserts such as pies, or just eaten as such with ice cream, for example. Additionally, berries are also used to make some really tasty liquors.
- Rye bread – foodwise, it doesn’t get more Finnish than rye bread. In fact, Finns are known to miss it a lot if travelling abroad. This tasty dark bread can be eaten on its own or with some toppings, typically salty ones such as meat or cheese.
- Salmiakki – Among the many different kinds of sweets that are made in Finland, salmiakki deserves a special mention. Known to some non-Finns as “weird black stuff”, “poison” and “what IS this?”, salmiakki is actually a type of salty liquorice that is sweet and salty at the same time. Admittedly, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I recommend you be brave and try it at least once.
- Finally, as a Christmas-time bonus: Finnish gingerbread biscuits accompanied by glögi, a warm drink which is made out of wine or grape juice and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. Glögi is the perfect drink for when it’s cold outside, and “the season” can already be opened in November. After all, by late November, Christmas is only one month away…
And there you have it: some Finnish foods to try! Now, the only thing left for me to do is to wish you “hyvää ruokahalua” – enjoy your meal!