Finnish cuisine has long been defined by a rustic flare, full of hearty warm soups, meaty dishes, as well as an overwhelming presence of root vegetables and herbs. A longing for locally sourced ingredients has emphasised the importance of healthy and nutritious food, particularly within the past 30 years. In fact, since the 1970's, the number of men dying from cardiovascular disease within Finland has dropped by up to 65 percent. Finns place a significant emphasis on eating fresh fruit - berries in particular - and protein consumption is encouraged, with Finland holding some of the highest consumption of dairy per capita in the world. In Turku, such a health movement can be observed through the scarcity of 'famed' fast food outlets such as Mc Donalds (there is only one in Turku) and the increasing presence of health food stores and restaurants.
05 April, 2017