Rice in Finland
Finnish people like riceRice is pretty popular in Finland. It is many times served with some meaty sauce but in other ways also. For example, during Christmas a dish called rice porridge, riisipuuro, is traditionally made. Rice porridge is topped with seasonings like cinnamon, sugar or sweet fruit or berry soups. I’ve also found out that these little pies called karjalanpiirakka are very popular all year around. Maybe even the most famous pie in Finland? They are filled with thick rice porridge. Finnish rice consumption differs a little from the way rice is consumed in Asia.
Easy to buy anywherePuuroriisi, it means rice for porridge, can be bought for approximately 1e/kg, it is produced by many companies. For food purposes long grain rices are typically used.
Types of rice used in FinlandThe rice for porridge is a short grain rice, similar to Japanese rice. Of course, the sweetness and stickiness are different from Japanese rice. The most popular rice strains are long grain rices like jasmin and basmatin rice. Full grain rice is also quite popular
When you want to eat Japanese rice
Where to buy?We can purchase Japanese rice in Asian markets or supermarkets, and it costs about 10e/kg. Japanese rice is also grown in other countries, and those kinds are cheaper than imported rice from Japan, and the taste is between Finnish rice and Japanese rice.
In supermarkets, we can find products called “sushi rice”. They are more expensive than Finnish porridge rice. Here is a tip, my friend mixed some “sushi rice” with porridge rice and he said the taste became better. I tried it myself, it’s true.