Finnish Cuisine Finland Local Food

 

Finnish cuisine is fresh and healthy based on natural ingredients. Finnish cuisine features simplicity and was influenced by traditions from the East and the West. Each season has its speciality.


Finnish cuisine is fresh and healthy based on natural ingredients. Finnish cuisine features simplicity and was influenced by traditions from the East and the West. Each season has its speciality. For instance, in June-July we can savour berries, salmon, hering, in August – root vegetables, crayfish, chanterelles or apples, In Finnish cuisine, there is also numerous special meals with strange-sounding names like mämmi (Finnish Easter pudding), tippaleivät (May Day fritters), glögi (mulled wine), laskiaispulla (Shrove buns) and more.
Visiting Helsinki it is a must to try some of local and national meals. We would like to recommend some of them.
Karjalanpiirakka or Karjalan Pies, originated in the eastern province of Karelia, are savory pastries – rice, potatoe or carrot porridge in a rye crust best served with an egg butter or ham, cheese. There are often the main course at breakfast or lunch.
Kalakukko (Finnish fish pie) it is a typical dish in the Eastern Finland. It is similar to karjalan pies, but bigger and filled with small fish (vendace, perch or muikku) and side of pork or bacon. Kalakukko is baked for hours inside a dark rye bread.
Mammi – very popular dessert made of water, rye flour, dark molasses and salt. Mammi is considered to be on the most traditional food in the Eastern Finland. Originally it was baked in birch bark boxes. Today, they can be bought in every grocery store.
Leipäjuusto known as 'bread cheese' or 'Finnish squeaky cheese'. This course comes from Southern Finland and originally it was made from cow's, Reindeer's or even goat's milk. The milk is curdled and fried or baked in a pie tin and cut in wedges. It is best served with cloudberry jam.
We also shouldn't forget about Korvapuusti – cinamon and cardamon buns. They are made with a traditional ‘pulla’ dough - a Finnish sweet bread filled with brown sugar, cinamon and cardamon. That dessert is usually eaten with a cup of coffee.





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