German Specialty Foods

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German Specialty Foods
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When most people think of "German" foods, they think of beer, sausage and sauerkraut. In reality, Germany has some of the best-known speciality foods in the world. Many different foods have origins in Germany that the average person probably wouldn't think of.

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Allgäuer emmentaler is a German hard cheese with a mild, nutty flavour that resembles Swiss cheese. Tilsiter Isis is another German speciality cheese that is similar to Gouda in taste and texture. Speaking of Gouda, this famous cheese originated in Germany and it is one of the country's most popular speciality cheeses. Germany also has many speciality Brie, which are generally milder than the French types and often come with spices in the cheese. Limburger is another famous German cheese that has a sticky rind, a white colour, soft texture and intense aroma. Munster, perhaps the most famous of the German speciality cheese, received its name from the monks of Munster Abbey. Munster continues to be one of the most popular German cheeses, both in Germany and in other countries.


One of the most popular German speciality foods, Wiener schnitzel, is a breaded and fried piece of veal. Sauerbraten is a type of beef roast that marinated in spices for several days at a time and cooked at low temperatures. Rouladen is a German speciality food that consists of rolls of chopped beef and cabbage. Another German speciality, Black forest ham, is a common ham that is salted and smoked. The pork roast, a tradition at many holiday meals, is a speciality Bavarian dish. Bratwurst is a sausage that is grilled or fried and is a German speciality consumed in most regions of Germany. Frankfurters are long, thin pork sausages that are wrapped in casing and smoked. Black pudding is a that contains several meats such as beef tongue, bacon or lard, as well as rind and fresh blood. Not too appetizing to some but a German speciality food nonetheless.

Breads and Pastas

Pumpernickel is the most famous German speciality whole grain bread made from rye flour. The world-famous pretzel is a German speciality food. One of the more popular speciality foods in Germany is spaetzle, a delicacy that is consumed all over Germany that consists of small noodles or dumplings combined with spices. Potato pancakes are one of the more well-known German speciality foods. The dumpling is another popular food in Germany that comes in many variations, including cheese, beef, pork, milk and potato.

Cakes and Desserts

The Black Forest cake is among the more popular German speciality foods. The cake is composed of a sponge cake, cherries and whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Streuselkuchen, or crumb cake, is a special German cake that has gained popularity all over the world. Arguably the most famous German dessert is the strudel, a pastry that is filled with either a sweet or salty surprise and rolled into a thin layer of dough. Stollen is a German speciality food that consists of a rich, sweet, bread that has dried fruit and nuts and is served at many German weddings. Butterkuchen, better known as butter cake, is a sheet cake made with a sweetened yeast dough.

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