As I mentioned before, this past weekend the Study Abroad students went to Tallinn and Riga, and it was amazing! Riga is famous for its Central Market, which is enclosed in giant warehouses that house thousands of groceries, gifts, clothing, and pretty much everything else you can think of. It is visited by around 80,000-100,000 people a day!
Here are 5 unexpected foods you can see in the Riga markets:
- Pickled vegetables: They may not be popular in the United States, but you can definitely find all kinds of vegetables & fruits marinated in vinegar and sugar at the Riga market.
2. Smoked fish: Smoking fish is a big part of the food culture here, and there is an entire pavilion in the market dedicated to fish! There are many different types (even eel) smoked in all kinds of herbs.
3. Traditional bread: Latvia and the Baltic area is known for their dark rye bread, which is
super hearty and good!
4. Cottage cheese: Yes, you read that right. Latvians actually use cottage cheese for a multitude of purposes, from fillings to dips to desserts. You can find it by the
bucket load in the market, so if you ever need to satisfy your cottage cheese fix, this is the place to get it!
5. Honey: Fresh honey abounds here, which is quite unlike the processed stuff you would find in a commercial supermarket. You’ll commonly find it being sold in giants jars that would probably take me at least half a year to get through, but it’s pretty good!
Labu apetiti! (Bon appetit)