Monday, 11 May 2015

World flavours: the Netherlands

An overview of the most commonly used ingredients per category. These products can serve as inspiration for your components and compositions.


Potatoes (Bintje, Désirée, Primura, ukama), endive, asparagus, cucumbers, banana shallots, kale, beets, kidney beans, ‘chaser’ tomato, crispsla, eggs, peas, turnips, cabbage, celeriac, cabbage lettuce, curly endive, mild red pepper, novita lettuce, mushrooms, orange sweet peppers, parsnip, snow peas, leeks, radish, round mini peppers, salsify, lettuce, green beans, spinach, split peas, Brussels sprouts, broad beans, white beans, chicory, carrots, black and purple bell pepper, black sweet paprika.


Strawberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, quince, medlar, pear, plum, rhubarb, red currants, black currants.

Meat, game and poultry

Meat: lamb, horse meat, beef, pork. Game: hares, deer, rabbits, roe, wild boar. Poultry: pigeon, duck, pheasant, geese, roosters, turkey, chicken, grouse, chickens, partridge. Preparations: ‘blinde vinken’, 'slavinken’. Cuts of meat: souse of pork neck, black pudding, beef sausage, 'nagelhout'.

Fish and shellfish

Fish: perch, bream, trout, brill, herring, halibut, cod, carp, pollack, mackerel, eel, stingray, haddock, plaice, pike-perch, smelt, sprat, turbot, sole, tuna, whiting, salmon. Shellfish: shrimp, crab, lobster. Shellfish: clams, mussels North Sea, Zeeland oysters.

Dairy & Cheese

Dairy products: goat's milk, butter milk, cow's milk, sheep's milk, custard, yogurt. Cheese: Bastiaansen blue, blue blauwklaver, boeren sleutelleidse, charmeux, doruvael, Edammer, favorel, Friese clove cheese, geitenrol, lady's blue, Limburg goat cheese, meikaas, messeklever, Old Amsterdam, terra cotta, gouda.

Fats & Oils

Fats: butter, margarine, lard. Oils: olive oil, sunflower oil.

Nuts, seeds & grains

Nuts: chestnut, pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds. Grains: buckwheat, barley, oats, rye, wheat.


Typical beverages which are consumed in the Netherlands, which can also be used for cooking; ‘advocaat’, gin, herbal liqueur.

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