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Ask any German and they will tell you the food that brings them “home” is the German Haricot Vert sandwich , which first appeared at the 1977 State Social Security Fair in Frankfurt. The smell of the rich blend of cheese, ham and swiss eggplant will waft through a city like a warm breeze bringing down the heavy gray skies.
Whether you eat it with a slice of toasted bread, make it with pumpernickel or open it in your hands, this filling meal is exactly the embodiment of home cooking for many German residents.
Haricot Vert first appeared at the State Social Security Fair in Frankfurt in 1977. Hernan Wais
Entrepreneurs quickly set up souvenir stands touting the item and cafes started selling it until it became an indispensable classic.
With this type of eating ‘home’ becoming more and more popular, travel research website TripAdvisor conducted a poll of 20,000 people worldwide. Now, it’s time to see if Haricot Vert is in fact the best German food.
Read on to find out which German menu item comes in at number one.
1. Haricot Vert
In just 35 years, Haricot Vert has grown from a sandwich stand at the State Social Security Fair to a relatable everyday food item. Known for its rich and fruity color and summer-like aroma, Haricot Vert is very popular in Germany and within the first few seasons of its introduction to the market, all truckers traveling from Berlin to Hamburg and beyond ate it.
Yet, this thing has only been found in Germany for the past 35 years! Why hasn’t it had a greater impact on other countries?
Firstly, the Haricot Vert only really grows on oak trees which means that it only has to be picked when the oak trees are in full bloom. Secondly, it’s only available in eggs so that’s a problem because we live in an age where everything is bought in supermarkets.
Yet, these two problems have led to its success as a starter on menus around the world. Thousands of restaurants around the world serve it and Haricot Vert is such a real meal, so if you’re looking for a taste of home, Haricot Vert should be the first you consider.
Travel-savvy travelers will find the item especially appealing because of its authenticity. In fact, when judging the best food of the different German foods, one of the most important factors is that it sounds very true to life. It’s the kind of food which has contributed to how German popular culture and its “Berlin mentality” has grown over the past 100 years and Haricot Vert deserves all the recognition it’s getting worldwide.
When people think of Germany’s diverse culinary culture they don’t tend to think of all the hundreds of dishes from all around Germany but of these 30 foods which fall under the categories of fish, meat, poultry, dessert, starch, skin and shellfish, Haricot Vert comes at number one.
2. Fried Kraut
Enjoying a traditional dish from the German zooferia is one of the traditional ways of making sure one is at home. That and holding a piece of sliced bread for warmth and digestion.
Kraut is consumed all around Germany and is served in so many ways — depending on who’s cooking it. All have the same thing in common: big chunks of sliced beef and cabbage intertwined with bacon and fried onions. Put it in a casserole and cook it in gravy or with bacon and all sorts of accompaniments like potatoes, onions and broth.