Greenlandic Food

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In Greenland, we normally catch out own food. Greenlandic food is from the ocean, where we catch everything from fish, seals, and whales to land, where we hunt reindeer, musk ox, and birds. We get provided with fresh animals to catch all year round, depending on the weather conditions.

You can catch food all year round, depending on the weather conditions, which is the dominating factor in Greenland. Due to unpredictable weather conditions, the Greenlandic people are very spontaneous and don’t make plans to fare out in the future. Some days you might be out all day, other days you can be trapped inside due to a snowstorm.

Ammasette (Greenlandic name for the small fish) in buckets
Ammasette (Greenlandic name for the small fish).

The picture above is taken one summer when we went fishing for Ammasette. In Danish, it’s called Lodder, and can be used for bait, when fishing for larger fish, or food for our dogs. We do keep a lot of them for ourselves as well since they taste delicious on the pan or in the oven.

It’s also possible to dry them and put them in the freezer, so you can eat them as a snack all year round. We normally eat them dried with appel and mattak (whale fat) and aromatic spice. Ammasette is filled with nutrients and vitamins.

Drying fish outside up high, so dogs and foxes don't eat it
Drying fish outside up high, so dogs and foxes don’t eat it.

It’s very normal to see fish and meat hanging outside of houses in Greenland. This is the drying process. We eat them all year round, as well does the dogsled dogs.

a big crab which as greenlandic food
Just a normal-size crab.

We have a very rich ocean life in Greenland. Crabs, shrimps, and oysters are very normal in Greenland and are a big part of the Greenlandic kitchen.

greenlandic food dinner
Ready for dinner:)

Not everyone catches their own food, and we don’t always serve Greenlandic food. A lot of our vegetables and other food sources are sent from Denmark in containerships.

We often eat traditional danish dishes as well. The man in the image above is my colleague Frederik, who went to Brættet to buy his lunch. Brættet is a place where you can buy fresh caught fish, seals, shrimps, and other Greenlandic food, from local fishermen.

preparing of greenlandic food
Mamaq (Greenlandic and means it tastes good).

Above you see dried fish, dried Ammasetter, dried whale meat, seal fat, blackberries, and Mattak, which is whale skin. This food is often served at Kaffemik, alongside a lot of other dishes, with coffee and cake.

We don’t only eat food that originated from Greenland. As mentioned before, we do get a lot of food shipped in from Denmark, and we also go to restaurants once in a while, just like other places in the world.

my nephew eating dessert
A very happy nephew.

Here is my Nephew Diego and me at a cafe in Nuuk. He got waffles with ice creme and an ice blend, very delicious 🙂

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