Wild Food from Finland

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Wild food – berries, mushrooms, wild herbs and vegetables as well as fish, game and reindeer – is derived straight from Arctic Finnish nature. ELO Foundation’s Wild Food from Finland project is undertaken in co-operation with the network of food and tourism professionals.

Wild food is part of Finnish food culture
It is truly hard to find a Finn who has not ever been gathering some wild food. Finland has a strong tradition of picking berries and mushrooms, supported by the Everyman’s Right of public access to the wilderness. Fishing is of great interest in the land of thousands of lakes and islands. Finland’s hunting culture is based on active members and hunting communities.

For the heart, soul and taste buds
The gathering of wild food is an easy way to enjoy nature. According to research, both mental and physical health can be improved just by being surrounded by nature. Wild foods leave a very small ecological foot print. Their taste is unique. Wild foods are often considered superfoods. No wonder that they are recommended by chefs, dietitians as well as environmental organisations.

– The geographical position of Finland and our endless treasury of wild nature is definitely of interest to big city dwellers. What we do is exotic to them – for some even unbelievable, Sami Tallberg, our eager Wild Food Ambassador, affirms.

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