The flavors of Blekinge, like many aspects of life in the region, owe much to the sea. Local staples include fish soup, fried herring, salmon and eel, but game and locally produced cheeses feature heavily, as well. Matakademi works tirelessly to preserve Blekinge’s culinary traditions, and are a visitor’s best bet to find authentic specialties, while places like Orranäs Gårdsmejeri keep cheese-making practices alive.
Despite the county’s diminutive size, Blekinge’s cuisine offers a wide variety of products, including vegetables, roots, fish, crawfish, eggs, chicken, pork, beef and lamb, not to mention all the things found in the bountiful Blekinge nature, such as berries and mushrooms. In recent years there has also been a surge of goat cheese products, and even deer and ostrich meat.
Responsible production and sustainable farming play an important role in Blekinge’s food culture, emphasizing the protection of natural habitats and sustainable agriculture, fishing and timber harvesting practices.