The TASTE of Europe

The Taste of Europe imports flavours from a variety of European countries. The typical, local products from each country have been produced in a unique and traditional way for decades. We choose pure flavors of delicacies which mostly have Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) or a Protected Geographical Indication (I.G.P.).
Because of our extensive assortiment, a list of all countries of which we import products is presented below, each specified with a few local specialized products.

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The national dish of Belgium is Moules-Frites (mussels with fries). Despite the fact that Belgium is not a big country, there are significant regional differences. More seafood is being prepared on the coast, while inland more meat and game is eaten. One of the most famous I.G.P. delicacies is Jambon d’Ardenne. This cured and smoked ham has to mature for 3 months in the fresh air of the Ardennes.


While each part of the country has its own specialties Germany is best known for its sausages and beer. Frankfurters, Bockwurst and Currywurst are typical examples of German products now also eaten in other parts of Europe. Most famous I.G.P. ham of Germany is Black Forest ham, cured ham from the Black Forest that is smoked over pine and spruce timber.


French cuisine is quite diverse. In the North much butter and cream is used, while in the Provence the cooking is “more Italian” with tomatoes and olive oil. Southwest France is known for its controversial foie gras and the Northeast has many Geman influences such as Sauerkraut and Beer.
No country in Europe has as many protected cheeses as France. The best-known examples include Roquefort, Comté, Brie and Camembert. Even more extensive is the range of French wines; everywhere in the world France is the reference when it comes to wine. Most important French D.O.P. ham is the Jambon de Bayonne that matures in refreshing atlantic breezes at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains.


In he Hungarian kitchen paprika plays a leading role. This vegetable is often used to flavor Hungarian dishes like the famous Goulash. Also Hungary has its own D.O.P. product: the sturdy Hungarian salami.


Everyone knows Pizza and Pasta, but Italy offers so many culinary delights that it is impossible to describe everything here. Therefore, we restrict ourselves to the “food valley” of Italy: Parma. Around Parma the most famous Italian D.O.P. and P.G.I.-products are manufactured: Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Coppa di Parma, Culatello di Zibello and Salame Felino. All delicacies with a unique flavor.


We know the Austrian cuisine especially by the hearty meals that are eaten during the winter holidays: Gröstl, Apfelstrudel, Kaiserschmarren, Germknödel and of course the Wiener Schnitzel. In addition to several D.O.P. alpine cheeses, Tiroler Speck is the best known I.G.P.-delicacy.


Spain is the country of Tapas, a Spanish appetizer which has become a new food culture. Tapas is also popular outside Spain and comes in all shapes and sizes, but almost always the famous Spanish Serrano hams are part of this. Also the Spanish dried sausages are now known throughout Europe: Chorizo, Salchichon and Fuet.

Czech Republic

In the Czech cuisine much pork is used in combination with beer. It is not a coincidence that the word Pils comes from the Czech town of Pilsen. Examples of Czech specialties are the bohemian goulash and the soft Prague ham.

United Kingdom

Due to its colonial past, the English cuisine is strongly influenced by various cultures. Yet there are quite a few typical English products that have managed to preserve their traditional character. Examples include Stilton cheese, Pies in all shapes and sizes and Cumberland sausages, which were already served on the Titanic.


This Alpine region is known for cheese fondue and regional cheese specialties: Appenzeller, Gruyere, Emmental and Tete de Moine are now for sale far beyond Switzerland. Everyone knows Rösti and Swiss chocolate, but also try Bündnerfleisch, the airdried beef that matures many months high in the mountains between the Swiss ski resorts.