While admittedly not world-renowned, Finland has a vibrant food culture. ‘Local food’ and ‘slow food’ are terms which have widespread sounding board all over the country, and local seasonal and fresh produce can be found anywhere from coastal areas to inland towns, and southern cities to northern villages.
Stemming from tribes of hunter-gatherers, Finns have traditionally fed themselves straight from the forests, lakes and fields that cover most of the country. This is the case even today. Big mammals like reindeer and elk, game birds such as wood grouse and hazelhen, and various salt- and freshwater fish have been delicacies for ages. Often served with potatoes or other vegetables along with fresh berries, these ingredients can easily be prepared into a fine dinner or a sturdy lunch for hard workers.
Super food market
Berry picking is close to a national sport, and the fruit of the forests are aplenty. They’re used in desserts, the making of jams and juices as well as eaten fresh. As for mushrooms, even Italians – famously proud of their own food culture – flock to Finland every autumn because of the abundant and versatile supply in our forests.
Whether you eat to live or live to eat, kick back and taste the freshness of the North. Hyvää ruokahalua!
Contrast is the main ingredient in Finnish cultural life, probably because everything looks and sounds different from our northern perspective.