One of the great things about traveling is getting to experience the different cultures from around the world. One of the best way to do this is to eat some of the local culinary specialties and Alaska has plenty of them. Some foods may not being surprising to find out are popular (salmon, King Crab) however many people do not realize that Alaska also has a vast selection of wild berries that grow natively.
Both blueberries and cranberries are grown in Alaska, however they are smaller and sweeter than their counterparts found around the world. Salmonberries are unique to Alaska, having a look similar to raspberries but being yellow in color and having a completely different and unique taste. Other berries native to Alaska include the mossberry (also referred to as a crowberry), Lingonberries (also called low bush cranberries), and the watermelon berry. All of these berries are used to make treats such as jams and Wild Berry Center Chocolates.
One can’t think of food from Alaska without mentioning it’s cold water seafood. The salmon being the centerpiece of Alaskan cuisine, whether it’s smoked, turned into jerky, or sweetened into salmon candy Alaskans have found hundreds of uses for this fish. The king crab, with it’s sweet meat and ability to feed an entire hungry family with only one crab is another of the most famous exports in Alaskan cuisine.
Big Game hunting is important in Alaskan culture, especially for those who live outside of the main cities. With Caribou, Elk, and bear forming most of the daily protein needs for Alaskan’s. Reindeer, while also having been a staple in Alaskan cuisine for years is surprisingly not native, having been imported from Siberia in 1892. While Reindeer is no longer a major source of meat you can still get it in the form of commercially available sausages.
Native Alaskans, referred to more commonly as Eskimos have been known to eat seals, walruses, and whales. All of these animals are native to the harsh colder climate Alaska is known for. Preservation of these foods was very important, being dried and then dipped in seal oil.
SOURCE: Alaska Wild Berry Products
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