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Land of Lakes
"America has Florida and Austria the Alps. Germany has Mecklenburg-Vorpommern." (quote from Welt am Sonntag)
Located in the middle of Europe, in the northeast corner of Germany lies Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, also known as Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
Poland borders it on the east and the Baltic Sea provides a coast with 245 kilometers of bluffs on the north.
The largest German lake, Müritz See, is just one of the 2,036 lakes in this state. One fifth of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is covered in forests.
Along with sandy dunes, steep cliffs, and fragrant meadows, the state is heavily farmed, especially with rapeseed, potatoes and other root crops, cabbage, and livestock such as cows, pigs, and sheep.
With the abundance of fresh and salty water, fish is often on the menu. Carp, eel, flounder, and trout are part of the daily catch. Because of this, sport fishermen are among the many, many tourists that visit Mecklenburg-Vorpommern making this the most popular tourist destination in Germany.
With islands, like Rügen with its chalk cliffs, water sports at, in, or on the lakes and Baltic Sea, castles to explore, festivals and exhibitions to visit, Mecklenburg Vorpommern is truly a tourist's paradise.
The traditional cuisine of this area is affected by what's caught and what's grown. Dishes with root crops abound. Fish is common. Beets are popular. Pork is king. Since part of this state once belonged to Sweden, many dishes have a sweet-sour flavor.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Favorite Foods
Fish is popular, especially carp (Karpfen), eel (Aal), flounder (Flunder), pike (Hecht), bream (Brasse), roach (Rotauge), tench (Schleie), trout (Forelle), and salmonide (a type of German trout).
Turnips (Rüben) and beets (RoteRüben) used in salads, soups, and stews. The juices are used to make syrups and sweeteners.
Geese (Gänse) considered the best of poultry with apples, prunes, and bread stuffing.
Hotchpotch a meat, turnip, carrot, and cabbage
Tollatsch a sweet black pudding made with pig's blood, raisins, and sugar. Of Swedish origin, it is eaten sliced, fried, and sprinkled with sugar.
My Favorite Recipe from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Creamy Herring Salad
This Herring Salad recipe, aka Heringsalat, was one of Mutti's quick and easy dinner recipes that even we kids could make. My own kids love pickles, cream, and sweet and sour. This herring recipe has it all. It's a traditional German food, especially for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern area, that's so easy and fast. Click here for the recipe!
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