The other day, Poul’s brother and his girlfriend served us traditional Faroese food consisting of whale blubber, dried whale meat and dried fish. It did not taste like anything I had ever eaten before. At first sight, the blubber did not exactly look very appetizing, but cut into smaller pieces and eaten with potatoes, the fatty texture was toned down, and the rich, salty taste came to its right.
The dried whale meat tasted a bit like very salty bresaola, delicious and very tender. Although whale meat represented a significant part of the Faroese diet further back in time, the consumption has decreased substantially during the last decades, as whale meat contains high levels of mercury. It is therefore recommended that women of childbearing age refrain from eating whale blubber and minimizes the consumption of all other types of whale meat.
Dried fish is one of the Faroese specialties that I have really learned to appreciate. With a little butter, it tastes heavenly, and it is a perfect snack to enjoy with a cold glass of beer. The smell of dried fish is very distinct, but the taste is not nearly as sharp and fishy, as you would expect.