Netherlands

Their Native customs and geography

Main agricultural products grown or harvested

The Netherlands is the world's second largest exporter of agricultural products. The main food crops are barley, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, and wheat.

Beliefs and Eating customs

  1. The fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating
  2. If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork in the middle of the plate with the fork over the knife
  3. Do not begin eating until the hostess starts
  4. Most food is eaten with utensils, including sandwiches
  5. Always start with small amounts so you may accept second servings
  6. Finish everything on your plate. It is offensive to waste food
  7. Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate

Holiday Foods

  • On Queens day, April 30th they eat oranges aka "Orange Madness"
  • Easter brunch with fruit and almond paste filled bread
  • Christmas, they eat a lot of stuffed breads usually filled with fruits and almond paste

Native Dishes

Pannenkoeken

pancakes with bacon, apples, cheese, raisins, stroop, chocolate, appelstroop, icing/powdered sugar, nuts and smoked salmon

BamiGoreng

stir fried egg noodles with garlic, onion, vegetables, meat, egg and chilli

Exotic Food

Hollandse nieuwe haring

Served with raw onions and you're suppose to hold the fish by the tail, throw your head back, open your mouth and let the fish slide in

Common Ingredients

Potatoes

Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Herring

Apples

Cheese

Bread

Braadworst

Peas