Before coming to Finland, we had many doubts about what we would find in the markets. We knew we would probably find everything, but with the cold weather, I thought maybe we would only find some frozen or even tasteless products depending on the seasons!
In Dubai, the vegetables and fruits did not have much taste. I think that, most of the time they were harvested too early to be exported and by the time they arrived there, even if they were ripe, they would lose their flavor. I do not know how things work there today, but I thought it could be the same here!
It turns out that things are much better here! The markets are full of fresh products and although we have bought some things that were not that good, the quality of the majority is the opposite and they are very tasty! Despite, the climate here is not the best to cultivate many things, they still have agriculture here. Many items are grown in greenhouses and with that, they can support the sale of domestic products. I wrote a post explaining a bit more about this at Brazilian’s Around the World platform. It is in portuguese, but you can find it here! I explain a little bit about what is more typical; a little about livestock; and about organic and Fair Trade production!
It is even possible to find fruits coming from Brazil! We have melons, watermelons and a the lime, which we called it Tahiti Lime. Apart of that, we always have fruits at home. I always buy the ones that are in sale, which are usually the season’s ones! We always have banana too and we opted for the organic one that comes from Peru, instead of the common one that comes from Costa Rica. The taste is very different and the price does not change much!
The most typical fruits here are apples, red berries and the cloudberry – which is an orange berry! The last two are found more in the summer and, at this time of year, they are not so common! At the moment, the supermarkets are still full of tangerines as it is their season!
They also sell the herbs and some leaf veggies in pots! So you take them fresh to use at home! You will find the dry ones too, but this are the ones we always buy!
The Finns are quite picky with their cucumbers! I still can’t understand why do they pack each one of them separetely! These of the picture are from Finland, but the ones that come from abroad are packed the same! It’s to much love for their cucumbers hahaha and to say, the cucumbers are the fruits – ? – I like the most! Really people… writing this post I discovered that it is a fruit! Does anyone else did not know that or was it just me? Quite weird! hehe
In Finland, they pack each cucumber individually!
I did not managed to take pictures of everything, but we do have many things available! And this is only one of the markets we have here. In fact, it’s the cheapest supermarket brand. We have others that is possible to find other varieties of products as well. 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 buy everything organic at the moment, we try to handle it with what we have and consuming it the best we can!