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Germany: Food Culture

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Penny Zou

on 5 May 2011

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Welcome Germany! Food specific to Germany’s culture and staples Germans tend to eat heavy and hearty meals that include ample portions of meat and bread. Potatoes are the staple food, and each region has its own favorite ways of preparing them. Germans like to eat healthy and well prepared foods. Beef, pork poultry are the main meat consumed in Germany. Pork is the most popular. An average person in Germany consumed about 61 Kg of meat per year! WOW! That's a lot of Meat! Epic Meal Time Anyone?
Fish is also a staple food in Germany and trout is the most common on the German menu. vegetable such as asparagus and potato are also staple food in Germany. there is more than 1,500 different types of sausage are made in Germany. Impacts of Climate on Germany's food culture
Shorter growing seasons limited their crop which in old times included wheat and barley.
In cold weather, dried fruits were served with cured meats, and pears, apples, and plums were commonly set into banked ovens to dry after the bread had been baked. Political background for food development:
In 1949 after World War II, Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany. This division caused the country's two halves to develop different styles of cooking. East Germany, closely associated with its neighbor, Russia, took on a more Russian style of cooking. West Germans continued the traditional German cuisine. German dishes are rarely hot and spicy. The most popular herbs are traditionally parsley, thyme, laurel, chives, black pepper, juniper berries and caraway. Cardamom, aniseed, and cinnamon are often used in sweet cakes or beverages associated with Christmas time. Other herbs and spices like basil, sage, oregano, and hot chilli peppers have become more popular in recent times. Mustard and horseradish are used along with certain foods. Garlic was looked down upon for a long time but have started to gain popularity. What's another interesting political factor that determined
potatoes as the staple food of Germany?

King Frederick the Great of Prussia brought the potato from the South American Andes to Germany and made it popular as probably nowhere else in the world. So popular that since the 18th century the potato can be found on every menu. Frederick the Great also owns a lot of land, makes peasant life easier – happy peasants are better peasants – creates public organizations to sell food at a good price in difficult times; he guarantees credit and controls prices. Frederick the Great Economic Impacts Environmental factors
Social factors Vegetarianism Multiculturalism in Germany Italian dishes like pizza and pasta, and Turkish and Arab dishes like Döner Kebab andFalafel, are well established, especially in bigger cities. International burger chains, as well as Chinese and Greek restaurants, are widespread, as are Indian, Thai, Japanese, and other Asian cuisines.

International Vegetarian Union -Germany An international non profit organization and was founded in 1908 in Dresden, Germany. There are member organisations may be continetal group (EVU, VUNA, NAVS, etc.)

European Vegetarian Union EVU is umbrella organisation for vegetarian societies and groups in Europe. They work in the area of vegetarianism, nutrition, health and consumer protection, the campaign against world hunger, animal rights, ecology and general information.
The EVU aims to support vegetarian organisations across Europe and bring them closer together. This is important because, most Europe countries’ vegetarianism is not that well developed yet. Biotechnology and GMO (Genetically modified foods) Hunger In Germany
Germany does not let their people starve, they have many non profitable organization to help feed people.

Reverend Bernd Siggelkow, founder of the Berlin-based soup kitchen “Die Arche,” clamined that number of children go hungry each day. The reason for hunger is because lack of jobs, low welfare payments, and parents who were drug-addicted or mentally ill. But many people have criticized Siggelkow, since they said there’s no more hunger in Germany
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