Riga

Summer soup

05 Apr 2019
When hearing the word ‘summer’ most people would probably immediately think of beaches, suntan lotion and sandals and, if you’re like us, maybe the taste of a cold brew on a hot day, but many a Latvian might also be reminded of a pink substance that some would call soup. Aukstā zupa, or cold beetroot soup, is to the Latvians what gazpacho is to the Spanish. Composed of marinated beets, diced boiled potatoes, cucumber, occasionally also random pork products, boiled eggs, a generous sprinkling of dill and lots of kefīrs (a fermented milk drink) as the liquid base, the summer soup is served at nearly every café, restaurant and beer garden throughout the nation during the summer season. Although definitely an acquired taste, it’s an essential staple of the Latvian diet from May through August.

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