How does seal meat taste?


Yeah, there I am again.
Went faster than expected, I'm usually a world champion in not uploading and procrastinating.
I think I'll just write most of the chapters as a narrative / report, like the school chapter too. It's the most comfortable for me and I can best get across the things that I want to convey.

Our topic today is one of the most important things in life. Exactly.
EAT!
What do you think of when you associate Greenland with food?
I guess now, you can correct me if it's not true.
Seal meat.
And? Was i right
Greenland food is much more than just seal meat, but seal meat is actually a traditional dish.
What is traditional Greenlandic food?
Well, Greenlandic food is almost entirely meat. This is because in the old days people couldn't get anything like vegetables or fruit, and they couldn't grow anything because it's too cold. So they lived on the meat of the animals that were in the area. These animals include: reindeer, seals, whales, all sorts of other fish, Muschu ox and Appa (Not the one from Avatar. Appa [Abbá] is a bird that looks a little bit like a penguin. Unfortunately, I don't know the German name, if there is one.).
The meat was eaten in all possible ways. Raw, dried, fried, cured ... whatever.
Even today, a major part of the diet is meat. You eat meat every day and the side dish is mostly potatoes.
All in all - at least my family - people eat a lot here and love to eat. The food is sometimes just good, you don't want to stop there.
Most of the dishes take a bit of getting used to and mostly foreigners don't like the food that much. Many Danes here are of the opinion that it has too strong a taste and is upset. According to the Danes, whales and seals are particularly tough. The meat is almost black and definitely doesn't taste like anything I've eaten before. So in that respect I can agree with the Danes, it tastes unfamiliar. But I have to say that I like to eat whale and seal and my stomach seems to agree.
Yes, I ate whale, I like it and I will definitely miss the Greenlandic food when I'm back in Germany.
If there are people among you who now think I'm a bad person because I eat whale meat, even though whales are threatened and that sort of thing, you are welcome to do that. I have my opinion on whaling and I stand by it.
I am not against whaling. To the extent that it is operated here, it poses no threat to the environment. And in contrast to a large part of the meat that we eat in Germany, the whales had a happy life in freedom. They were able to stay in their natural habitat, were not pumped full of drugs and simply lived. Until they then had a quick death, die and end up on people's plates almost immediately. The same goes for all the other Greenlandic dishes. The animals live in freedom until they are shot and then sometimes go straight from the hunter to the eaters. Compared to any factory farming, these are paradisiacal conditions.
A real Greenlandic specialty and delicacy is Mataq [Maddäq (where the q must be spoken at the back of the throat)]. Mataq is raw narwhal skin and is mostly eaten with soy sauce and a yellow salt mixture. You cut the narwhal skin into very small squares, dip it in the soy sauce and then in the salt mixture and then eat it. Narwhal skin is very hard and cannot be chewed. So in the end you just slide it around in your mouth and bite it a bit without reaching anything and then swallow it down. Tastes totally different and a little strange. It's guaranteed not to be something you want to eat every day, it's way too strong for that. But it tastes good in some weird way.
The whiter the narwhal's skin, the better the mataq. The first time I really had to bring myself to eat it, I was pleasantly surprised. If you ever come to Greenland, give it a try. Even if you don't like it, you have to try it.

The same goes for dried fish. It is worth a try, even if it is guaranteed not to taste good for everyone. It's hard to describe the taste, you really have to try it. But I have to say that the dried fish tastes better here in Greenland than in Germany (to explain: I once had dried fish when I was still in Germany. That's how my relationships are). I think that's because of the temperature. In Germany it is much warmer, so the fish starts to smell and it is an effort to eat it. It's colder here and you hardly smell the fish at all.

In addition to fish and meat, the berries and plants that grow here are also part of the traditional food. There are definitely plants and berries here that are adapted to the harsh climate. And almost every plant is made edible in some way. There aren't that many, you have to take what you get. The most common are crowberries and blueberries. Crowberries will probably be familiar to at least you guys, and I didn't know them either before I came here. They are not growing in Germany, the climate is not the right one. Crowberries are black and small, have almost no pulp and are very juicy. They taste a bit bitter and the taste is not similar to any other berry that I know. Personally, I don't like her that much, but I do.
Aside from blue and crowberries, there are all sorts of plants that are used for tea or something. But I'm not really informed about them.

That was pretty much the most important thing about Greenlandic food. Or at least anything that I consider important.
At the end a few more questions for you:

What do you think?

Which of the dishes did you find strangest?

Are you particularly interested in Greenland or do you want me to write about a specific topic?

Have a nice weekend!

- Sarrangril
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