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Bremen ~ Regional Food

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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Map of Germany showing Bremen, the smallest federal state in Germany

Town Musicians and the Drop Tower

Founded in 1947 as a federal state, the two-city state of Bremen is the smallest among the 16 German states. It lies within Lower Saxony and consists of Bremen and Bremerhaven.

1,200 years ago, this was the center of Christian missions in northern Europe and had a major role among the Hanseatic cities.

These cities were a group of guilds (Hanse) established to promote and control trade.

Now three cities are part of the Hanseatic Free Cities: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck.

The ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven have the largest enclosed container handling facilities in the world and are an important hub to the Far East.

The Drop Tower at the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen is a 146-meter high drop tube that provides 9.3 seconds of weightlessness in an earthbound laboratory. Along with other high-tech industries in aviation, space, electronics, and shipbuilding, these industries are the major contributors to the economy of the region.

A tour of Bremen includes stopping at the monument of the Bremen Town Musicians to rub the nose of the donkey. The large bronze sculpture of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster standing on top of each other is taken from the fairy tale by the brothers Grimm and makes an interesting photo opportunity. Tour the "old city" and the harbor facilities, and then stop by one of the many restaurants to sample the local wares.

The proximity to water (the North Sea and the Weser River) and access to foreign markets has greatly influenced the cooking for this region. Sweet, spicy, and exotic. Curry, coffee, and chocolate. Tempting fish specialties and traditional Kale and Pinkel (smoked sausage). Bremen has is all.

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Bremen's Favorite Foods

  • Curry dishes, such as Curryhuhn (Curried Chicken) 
  • Matje Herring and Rollmops (Fish Rollups)
  •  Flounder, eel, halibut, herring, cod, shrimp 
  • Cabbage, rutabaga, and potatoes
  • Beef and pork
  • Coffee - the major coffee companies are in Bremen: Jacobs, Eduscho, and Melitta
  • Labskaus - Seaman's Hash, a mixture of potatoes, corned beef and beets served with a fried egg, herring, pickles, and beets.
  • Rote Grütze Germany's national dessert!

My Favorite Recipe from Bremen

Herring Salad

Red bowl with German herring salad garnished with sprigs of oregano

This is the recipe I grew up with. My Mutti made this frequently for an easy supper and I carry on that tradition! You'll find the recipe for this dish  by checking out Herring Salad. 


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