Though cafes and restaurants have been closed for several months, food trucks have not gained much popularity in Latvia, Latvian Radio reported April 8.
Food & drink
It has been attributed as the cause of many things, from Latvians' tall stature and fair hair to their somewhat introverted and reserved emotional nature, but whatever the truth of such claims, one thing is sure: for any self-respecting son (or daughter) of the forest, nothing says 'April is here at last!' better than a bowl of Cold Pine Cone Soup (Priežu čiekuru auksta zupa).
While to some the phrase "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!" is the highlights of the drinks calendar, to Latvians the equivalent is something like "Tek bērzu sula!" [The birch juice is flowing!].
One of Latvia's best-known brands of beer is being bought by a Finnish brewing group that already has another popular Latvian beer in its portfolio.
It's the first question that filters into many of our heads each morning: how strong is the coffee?
It is a question that may, or may not, have wracked the minds of philosophers from Aristotle onwards. Now LSM, via the LTV show 'Pārtikas revidents' (Health checker) can provide an answer to the ancient conundrum: "Is cabbage juice good for you or not?"
Baltic fields, meadows and forests may not bear mangos, papaya or pineapples, but they are home to other tasty local fruits and berries. And a special tree that swells with a healthy elixir in early spring. All of them provide the raw material for simple, organic and natural drinks that are widely popular in the Baltics and also enjoyed abroad.
Data compiled by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) shows that 77.8% of Latvians eat breakfast regularly. But what is commonly found on the plate? Latvian Television broadcast Pārtikas revidents surveyed the public for answers.
Trubenieki farm in Jelgava municipality is the largest producer of shiitake mushrooms in Latvia. Owner Jānis Volksons said 300-500 kilograms of mushrooms grow in a month on his farm, Latvian Television said September 20.
Two years ago, Arno Polis went off the beaten track and tried to produce colorful pasta with high vegetable content. The risk has paid off and the business is blooming, Latvian Television reported September 3.
Demand for sea buckthorn berries grown in Latvia this year has risen - so much so that growers can't keep up with the supply, Latvian Radio reported September 1.
Two years ago, the idea of a smart village was launched in the parish of Skujene, Amata municipality – the basic idea is to involve the local community to improve the environment of their lives. And the village is thriving, said Latvian Radio August 25.