Livonian cuisine consists of the cuisine of Livonia and the Livonians, and is characterized by the rich use of local foods. Livonians are a coastal people – since they acquire the bulk of their food from the sea, Livonian families have historically eaten a great deal of fish. The most preferred of these is European flounder, but many also consume herring, salted herring, and cod.
Courland (Kurāmō) Livonians on the shores of Latvia are the source of the famous vegetable pastry sklandrausis, to which the European Commission gave its ”Traditional Specialty Guaranteed” designation in the autumn of 2013.
Sklandrausis pastries are regarded as a symbol of the sun, given their round shape and carroty yellowish-orange color. The sklandrausis embodies the natural energy of the sun on Livonian tables during spring-solstice celebrations.
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