Cow candy meets potato ice cream
No other country in the EU eats more potatoes than Latvia. For Lelde Sotniece, that's reason enough to create a potato ice cream. She serves the delicately melting, slightly sweet-tasting scoop with some basil, tomato and olive oil.
For her family business, Skrīveru mājas saldejums, working with regional ingredients is paramount. She picks the berries for her best-selling "Heavenly Quark Ice Cream with Raspberry" in her own garden. The milk comes from the farmer next door. "The quality of the milk comes from what the cows have been fed," she explains. "It is essential for the taste of our ice creams."
Hike and enjoy
For those who want to experience the taste of Latvia not only at the International Green Week (IGW), but on site, Liga Hirta recommends several culinary hiking trails. A new cider trail leads to producers of cider. On the Rye Trail, developed together with the Latvian Bakers' Association, travelers can learn all about grain cultivation and bread production. Visitors to the International Green Week (IGW) can also see for themselves the good Latvian bread. Ilze Briede bakes it on site in a small oven.
Childhood memories made of caramel
Skrīveru Pārtikas Kombināts has been making candies from condensed milk since 1956. The cuboid-shaped candies are slightly harder on the outside, meltingly soft on the inside. Before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the company with the cow in its logo supplied the entire Soviet Union. Since 2005, it has given itself a fresh image with new varieties and innovative ideas.
Anyone who opens the candy wrapper will find a Latvian poem inside. In addition to caramel candies, Skrīveru Pārtikas Kombināts now also has a vegan coconut-based variety in its range.
The classic with cow's milk is available in numerous flavors, such as chili, hemp seed or coffee. "In Latvia, our candies with bread pieces are also very popular," reveals Keita Lūse. For those who prefer it the other way around, she also offers "Latvian Nutella," a delicately melting spread.
Visitors can enjoy Latvia's creative food trends in Hall 8.2.