Danish food refers to the collection of dishes and drinks consumed in Denmark. Danish Food usually employs ingredients easily found in the cool and humid climate of Denmark, like rye, barley, beetroot, potatoes, and a range of dairy products. It has many common elements also found in Eastern and Central European cuisine, due to similarity found the climates here. Danish Food also shows various foreign influences due to the foreign settlers who came here.
Ingredients Commonly Used in Danish Cuisine
Traditional Danish recipes suggest the use of locally produced ingredients like dairy products, seafood, pork, cereals, onions, carrots, potatoes, and fruits like plums and apples. Most of the ingredients are suited to the cool climate of Denmark. Modern Danish food consists of light dishes and fresh vegetables are most commonly used.
Danish Fusion Cuisine
Danish Food shows quite a lot of influence from foreign cuisines, in spite of the fact that Danish people are quite conservative about their recipes and food habits. Here are some of the significant examples of foreign influence-
French culture and cuisine has had a great impact in Denmark, especially amongst the upper classes, as a leader in terms of lifestyle.
German influence is also prominent in Danish recipes, because Northern Germany was once under Danish rule, and the two countries have a good percentage of people from across the borders.
Immigrant population in Denmark, which is growing in size and mostly coming from Turkey, Pakistan, Thailand, China and Africa, has brought with it its own influence. Products used by the respective populations are now available in Danish stores and being marketed aggressively in Denmark.
American culture and food has also had an impact in Denmark. American fast food is becoming quite popular here, and so is Italian and Mexican fast food.
Danish Cuisine Food Habits and Etiquette
Danish are liberal in terms of their social values, but quite conservative about their food. They appreciate traditional Danish recipes and are not so open to new kinds of foods. Modern Danish recipes are now evolving, which are more focused on light food with use of fresh vegetables.
Eating Danish food in restaurants is a costly affair in Denmark because of the government taxes and high salaries paid to Danish staff. A less costly option for many is fast food, or eating in a café that traditionally serves coffee along with items like pastries, sandwiches, salads, etc.