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Latvian melons grow ever more popular
Latvian melons grow ever more popular
Growing melons and watermelons in Latvia is still an unconventional activity, but there are more and more of those not afraid to experiment. Demand for local produce is also high. Harvests of melons and watermelons are well below the planned volume for this year, Latvian Radio reported on August 25.
19 million liters of ice cream made last year in Latvia
19 million liters of ice cream made last year in Latvia
Next time you tuck into a delicious Latvian ice cream, you can amaze those around you by declaring that last year Latvia produced nearly 20 million liters of the stuff. 'How do you know this?' you will be asked. 'Because EU statistics agency Eurostat said so in its data release on August 14,' you can reply as you slurp ever deeper into the cooling treat.
First 'robot barista' starts work in Latvia
First 'robot barista' starts work in Latvia
If robots really are about to take over the world, a good way to go about it might be controlling our access to early-morning coffee. With that in mind, many might have mixed feelings about the introduction of what is claimed to be 'the first robot barista in the Baltic states' by fuel retailer Virši.
Food bloggers recommend Rīga restaurants
Food bloggers recommend Rīga restaurants
The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), in cooperation with the Investment and Tourism Agency of Riga, has backed a project which saw a pair of bloggers eat in dozens of Rīga restaurants and then give a brief verdict on them.
Boom in Latvian beer production
Boom in Latvian beer production
As all credible people already know, Latvian beer is the best in the world, and according to the latest Eurostat figures released to mark World Beer Day on August 3, the production of beer in Latvia appears to be booming.
Let them eat cake, says Latvian capital
Let them eat cake, says Latvian capital
As part of Rīga's annual city festival, a grand cake-off will take place in August with bakers and patissiers from far and wide battling for iced sponge supremacy.
Latvian watermelons grow in popularity
Latvian watermelons grow in popularity
As Latvian climate has changed over the last decade, the cultivation of watermelons and melons has not only turned into a hobby level for many but is also grown on fields for trade, Zemgale television reported on July 3.
July will show damage extent to potatoes, says expert
July will show damage extent to potatoes, says expert
The situation with potato harvest varies greatly among Latvia's regions is very different, and July will be crucial, said Māris Narvils, senior horticulture expert at the Latvian Rural Consulting and Education Center, in an interview with Latvian Radio on June 30.
Food innovation is on the table in Rīga
Food innovation is on the table in Rīga
EIT Food – which describes itself as  "the world’s largest food innovation community" –  is holding its 2023 Annual Event in Rīga, Latvia on 27-28 June, uniting stakeholders across the food innovation community.
Summer might not be honey-sweet in Latvia
Summer might not be honey-sweet in Latvia
The Latvian eastern region of Latgale has started this summer with dry and hot weather. Beekeeper Inese Zeiļuka from the eastern border area told Latvian Radio that although many think bees like the hot weather, it is not true in extreme cases and honey harvesting might not go well.
Traditional 'Jāņu' cheese recipe
Traditional 'Jāņu' cheese recipe
Jāņu cheese has always been a Latvian staple especially for Midsummer celebrations and all year round. Seasoned cheesemakers have each their own recipe, but LSM's Latvian-language service has published one for beginners – simple and delicious.
Latvian potato plants doing poorly
Latvian potato plants doing poorly
Due to dry and hot weather in Latvia, potato plants have suffered greatly, said Māris Narvils, senior horticulture expert at the Latvian Rural Consulting and Education Center, LSM's Latvian-language service reported Friday.

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