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Food, eating habits and cusine of Estonia

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Estonian culinary has main influence from the Germans who for centuries ruled the country. Estonian local cuisine typically contains pork, potatoes, and garden vegetables. International foods are also available in Estonia but they are not as equally popular and tasty as the local Estonian food. The main delight when it comes to traditional Estonian food is the jellied meat and the marinated eel or more formally known as Sült or jellied meat. Moreover, most tourists find eating jellied food peculiar; it will be a real experience to chow down and eat the famous Estonian blood sausage of the “verivorst” for instance.

The black bread locally known as “leib” is one of the most prized and “sacred” Estonian food. Estonian meals wouldn’t be complete without “kartulid” or potatoes which were introduced in the country during the 17th century. If you want a real food trip galore, don’t miss the “kotlet” or hamburger patty with onions, too. Cakes and pastries are also typical in Estonian gastronomy and one of the most sought-after delicacies would be the “kohupiim,” a cottage cheese-like cake. Estonians are also known for their sweet and mouth-watering dairy products.

During birthdays, “kringel” should always be included in the menu. This sweet German-like bread, sprinkled with nuts and raisins will really make your taste buds water. Other interesting Estonian foods that are worth tasting are the: pancakes, herring, crayfish, pickled pumpkin, honey, and beef salad. Another thing, it would be best to taste this food in the countryside to have a better feel of the food and have a wonderful dining experience with Estonian folks.

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