Food & drink
To the astonishment of anyone utterly convinced that you cannot eat rhubarb after Midsummer, LSM's Latvian language service confirms that in fact, you can.
Buckwheat has become a product of strategic importance in times of great unknowns – store shelves were quickly emptied at the beginning of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Though Latvia grows buckwheat, in shops, the country of origin is usually indicated as someplace else. Latvian Television's 4.studija aired on June 9 sought why.
It is not the appearance of the sun, nor of the tulips, nor even of heavily-perspiring men in ill-fitting sandals that signals that summer has finally arrived in Latvia. It is the appearance of a luminous pink soup with a sliced boiled egg floating in the middle like an all-seeing eye with a sprig of dill as a garish eyelash garnish.