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Dig into the many tastes of Switzerland

Rustic specialties – wine, cheese, salami, bread – make up a delicious meal
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Keep in mind, that Switzerland is a country of cohabiting cultures (Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch), which has a big influence on regional specialties.Therefore, Swiss cuisine is multi-faceted and the typical dishes vary from region to region. However, some dishes such as fondue (a dish of melted cheese, served in a communal pot and eaten by dipping forks with bread into the cheese), raclette (heated cheese is scraped onto a dinner plate and served with potatoes) or roesti (patties of fried grated potatoes) are common throughout the country and are internationally associated as typically Swiss. You will notice that traditional Swiss dishes appear to be rather simple and are often times made with potatoes and cheese. This is due to Switzerland’s history as a country of farmers. Swiss cuisine and food culture is inspired by the regional home-made products, such as different types of cheese (Gruyère or Emmental), other dairy products, vines and of course chocolate. 

 

With good reason, Switzerland is associated with chocolate. Looking back on over 300 years of chocolate making, refining techniques and using only the best ingredients, Swiss chocolate has gained an international reputation. The Swiss people themselves are said to be the largest consumer group of (Swiss) chocolate. That must be due to the fact that they know best about their chocolate quality. Today, the most commonly known Swiss chocolate brands are probably Toblerone, Lindt and Suchard, as they are sold around the world. However, each region and city has their own chocolateries that produce one-of-a-kind treats. They make great and affordable souvenirs to take back home and why not dig into all that Swiss chocolate while you are at its source?

 

After talking about the hearty and the sweet treats, let’s look into drinks. In Switzerland, especially in the regions of Valais, Vaud, Ticino and Geneva, vineyards have been cultivated since the Roman era. No wonder that wine is the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. Swiss wine, which is mostly grown in the western and southern part of the country, comes in many variations; depending on soil, light, altitude etc. Most typical Swiss wines are Chasselas, Pinot Noir and Merlot.


As you see, you can make your trip through Switzerland into a culinary journey with fine delights of wine, chocolate and cheese. Besides the mountains and picturesque cityscapes, you will remember Switzerland by its food specialties. Guten Appetit – Bon Appétit – Buon appetito!

 

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