How is Estonian Cuisine and Food Culture?

By February 1, 2021 No Comments

Estonian food culture is inspired by Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Germany. The most used products in Estonian cuisine are:

  • Meat
  • Sausages and processed meats
  • Potatoes
  • Cream
  • Pickle
  • Cabbage
  • Salads
  • brown bread
  • Salmon
  • Trout

The indispensable dishes of Estonian citizens are Seljanka, that is, meat stew, fried dishes and seafood dishes, especially salmon and trout. Cold appetizers have a great importance in Estonia’s food culture . Examples of cold appetizers served in Estonia are:

  • Meat or sausage served with potato salad
  • Beet root salad
  • Rosolje made from meat and herring

The most consumed bread in Estonia is a brown bread called Leib. It is a type of non-brown bread with a sour and sweet taste that is widely consumed in peenleib and sepik. Estonia is a country that exports milk and dairy products. Especially in the country, there are curd cheese and bread soups among the traditional food culture. The dishes that are at the forefront of Estonia’s food culture are:

  • Bread Soup: This dish is served in a bread-shaped soup bowl, accompanied by curd cheese.
  • Leib: It is a type of sugar-free bread produced in Estonia.
  • Trout: It is consumed as smoked or pickled.
  • Marineeritud Angerjas: Frozen marinated eel dish
  • Keel hernestega: a type of paste made from pork tongue.
  • Sprat: It is a common fish species in the Baltic sea, which is the coast of Estonia. It is widely used in the cuisine of the country.
  • Silgusoust: It is a dish consisting of a combination of ham and cream. It is usually served with sprat.
  • Kotlet: It is a kind of meatball with plenty of onions in it.
  • Kansaisi: This pork sausage is consumed in Estonia, especially on Christmas days. It is often used as a grill in Estonian cuisine.
  • Kohupiim: Estonia has a cuisine famous for its milk and dairy products. It is a kind of curd cheese in this dish.
  • Kapukoor: It is a kind of sour sauce in Estonian cuisine. It is usually consumed with potato salad or tomato salad.
  • Sotsnik: It is a kind of cheese bun that is famous in Estonia. It has passed into Estonian cuisine from Russia.
  • Kama : It is a powdered cereal paste consumed with sugar and kefir. It is usually consumed for breakfast in Estonia.
  • Valve : It is the most widely consumed drink in Estonian cuisine. The alcohol content in it is more than 40%. Valve, which is a very strong drink among the drink types, is consumed cold in the form of shots. Rarely, it is also consumed by adding it to coffee. The drink contains orange peel. The bottles sold are usually half a liter.
  • A Le Coq : It is one of the popular beer brands of Estonian cuisine.
  • SakuTume : It is a darker beer brand than A Le Coq beer brand in Estonian cuisine.
  • Viru Valge : It is the most widely consumed local vodka in Estonian cuisine.
  • Yoghurt : The type of yogurt consumed in Estonia is usually fruit yoghurts.
  • Kapsas : It is a hot dish with cabbage that has passed from Russia to Estonian cuisine.
  • Muesli : It is a kind of food that passed into the country’s cuisine from Switzerland. It includes products such as cereals, dried fruits and cereals. It is usually consumed with milk.

Pork and bear meat are widely consumed in the country. Cold appetizers in the country are eaten before the main course. The meals consumed daily in Estonia vary according to the seasons. In Estonian cuisine , pork, potatoes and soup types are at the forefront in winter, while salads, greens and red fruits are common in summer. While wandering the streets of Estonia, you can see traditionally dressed Estonian girls selling candied peanuts. In Estonian cuisine, salted cabbage appetizers are consumed alongside pork sausage at Christmas times. For dessert, black pudding is made. In Estonia, raisin and hazelnut breads (kringel) are consumed on special occasions such as birthday celebrations, which have passed into the country’s food culture from Germany.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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