Finnish cuisine differs from the east to the west. Whereas meat and fish are prominent in western dishes, fare from eastern Finland is traditionally based around vegetables and mushrooms. This is a remnant from the Karelian immigrants who influenced life and culture of eastern Finland. Root vegetables, and especially turnips have traditionally been prevalent in Finnish dishes, but were more or less substituted for potatoes in the 1800s.
Dark rye bread and fermented dairy products were staples in the harsh climate together with preserved, wild berries. The country´s many lakes have provided the people with plenty of different varieties of fish, which is often smoked or pickled.
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