Colorful Berlin at the Green Week
The Brandenburg Gate made of chocolate, which the traditional company Rausch is presenting at its stand, looks good enough to eat. The Berlin landmark makes you want to try your way through the different flavors, which resemble a chocolatey trip around the world. Grenada, Venezuela, Madagascar or Peru are the names of the varieties made from high-quality cocoa.
Berlin is creative and innovative, but at the same time traditional. The history of the Berlin manufacturer Aseli, which is known for its meringue mice, goes back to 1921. While founder Alfred Seliger initially sold his sweets from a handcart, the company now has a store in Hackesche Höfe, a factory outlet in Reinickendorf and a stand at the International Green Week.
From absinthe to hummus with curry and oil
But younger companies are also in the mix. The Liquor Company, or TLC, is handing out recipes for a "Hermannplatz Highball," a tangy absinthe cocktail with its own herbal liqueur, KR/23. Only natural herbs and spices go into the Berlin-made liquor, including lemon peel, thyme, ginger and bay leaves.
Those who prefer to grow their own herbs can be won over by the planter from the Ultig company. The space-saving "Array Planter" is slid between the lattices of French balconies. Climbing plants such as beans can form a green screen.
Kimchi in various flavors and made from different fermented cabbage varieties is available from Zoom Fresh. Even in the jar, fermentation continues. So buyers get a "living" product.
Itqan Food lets visitors try hummus in different flavors. The chickpea-based spread is also suitable for a vegan diet. Guests can watch the production of black cumin oil at the ZamZam stand and also try other varieties such as linseed or poppy seed oil.
For the brave, there are spicy dips from Crazy Bastard Sauce. The award-winning products are made exclusively from oven-roasted chilies and other natural ingredients - and in the middle of Neukölln.
Visitors will discover Berlin's diversity in Hall 22a.