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Do people eat reindeer meat in Finland?

Tuesday March 26th, 2013. 01:36 PM. [Finland culture, Spain]. 4 Comments.

Yes, but rarely. Finns don’t eat normally reindeer meat, although I see it constantly being promoted to tourists. The typical reindeer dish from Lapland is poronkäristys .
This capture is from Helsinki Times newspaper, where you can see that reindeer meat consumption by average is only 0.5 Kg per person. And I guess that it was served to tourists.

meat_finnish
Should I make a joke about Horse consumption and Findus? Oh well.

And yes, in Spain we love meat.
World Meat consumption http://chartsbin.com/view/bhy
Source: http://lihatiedotus.fi/www/fi/tilastot/lihan_kulutus_euroopassa.php

4 Comments

tos  on Wednesday March 27th, 2013. 01:10 AM

As a Finn I must comment here. We do eat reindeer meat and it doesn’t all go to tourists. The meat is delicious and I would love to eat more of it, but the cost is an issue. It’s not every day meat. The most common form in our family is the “poronkäristys”. Then come the reindeer ham kind of slices that we use for salad or wraps. Only in few special occations we have invested in reindeer whole meat.

The great taste comes from the diversity of herbs the reindeer has eaten.

Corbacho  on Wednesday March 27th, 2013. 01:14 AM

Thanks for your comment.
I guess that reindeer dishes are normally prepared with that type of “slices” that you said. Or also I’ve tasted it some times in soups, so it could be about 100 gr of reindeer in the dish.

Santi  on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013. 04:25 AM

I referenced your post on a Reindeer post I did this week.

I’d say reindeer meat is like ox meat (buey) in Spain: is not mainstream because is expensive, yet delicious. I think I eat a kilo of ox per year, making up for someone who doesn’t ;)

manu  on Thursday April 11th, 2013. 01:26 PM

Supongo que no estará malo, si no más bien todo lo contrario…pero amigo, tu sabes que donde esté un buen jamón ibérico!! Un abrazo

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