Before coming to Finland, we were not sure of what we would find in the supermarkets. We knew we would probably find everything, but with the cold weather, I thought it could be more frozen or even tasteless products depending on the season!
When I lived in Dubai, the veggies and fruits did not have much taste. Probably because they were harvested early to be exported. I imagined it could be the same here.
Yet, it turns out that things are different here and to the best! The markets are full of fresh products. Although we have bought some things that were not that tasty, the quality of the majority is the opposite. Despite the climate which is not the best to cultivate a variety of things, they have agriculture here. Many items are grown in greenhouses and they manage to support the sale of domestic products.
I`ve shared more about Finnish food in another post and it might be interesting to you too. I explain a little bit about what is more typical; a little about livestock; and about organic and Fair Trade production!
Getting back to the subject, we can even find fruits coming from Brazil! We have melons, watermelons and lime. We always have fruits at home. I look for the ones that are with a good deal, which are usually the season’s ones! We always have banana too. We chose the organic one, instead of the regular. The taste is very different and the price does not change much!
The most typical fruits here are apples, red berries and cloudberry – which is an orange berry! The last two are found more during summer. So at this time of year they are not so common! At the moment, is the tangerine season and we find loads of them.
They also sell herbs and some other leaf veggies in pots! You get to take them fresh home! You will find the drys seasoning ones too. Withal these are the ones we buy!
The Finns are quite picky with their cucumbers! I still can’t understand why they pack them separately. The ones on the picture are from speacily planted in Finland. But the ones that come from abroad are packed the same! It might be lot`s of love for them (lol).
In Finland, they pack each cucumber individually!
Unfortunately, I don`t have pictures of everything but we do have many things available! This is only one of the markets we have here as well. In fact, it’s the cheapest one. We have others that you may fiand other varieties of products. By the way, I always try to prioritize Finnish products. Because, despite there is a rigid control about pesticides in the European Union, Finland is considered one of the countries with the lowest consumption rate.
Meanwhile, as we are not able to have everything organic at home, we try to handle it with what we have and consuming it the best way we can!
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!