New products & brands to help you bring the flavors of greenland to life.
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  • Seal

    The amounts of seals in the Greenlandic waters are enormous! Most common are the ringed seal, the harp seal and the hooded seal. The bearded seal and the common seal are relatively rare. None of the species are threatened by extinction, however the common seal has declined in numbers and was thus in 2010 declared a protected animal in Greenland.

    The seals live a free life in their natural habitat until the day they are shot. And as Greenlanders have always lived in respectful coexistence with the environment and the animals, it should be unnecessary to emphasize that the internationally exposed killings of baby seals in Canada could never take place in Greenland, where it is seen as both ethically wrong and a waste of resources to kill animals before they are fully grown.

    From Whiskers to tail
    Almost everything on the seal is eaten and the rest is given to the dogs. The Greenlandic hunters do not shoot seals just for the skin’s sake - the skin is always secondary. That is worth remembering. Greenlandic seal hunt is characterized by a deep respect for the animal, as it has always been the case from generation to generation of hunters.

    Natural Products
    For Greenlanders marine mammals, such as seals, are a natural part of the food supply; pure natural products that do not impact the environment with artificial fertilizer or pesticides and which furthermore reduces the need for imported food and thus CO2 consumption.

    Seal Hunting
    There are no quotas for seal hunting in Greenland and the number of catches is low compared to stock size: in the North Atlantic there are approx. 17,5 million seals and only about 170.000 seals are annually killed in Greenland. Seal hunting requires a valid hunting license and females who are breastfeeding, and breastfed pups are protected.

    The Significance of Seal Then and Now
    Seals hitherto played an important part in the survival of the Greenlandic people; they gave meat to the pots, fuel for the lamps and skins for clothing and were thus the backbone of the household. Slowly but surely, the supermarkets and modern way of life however diminished their importance. Yet they still provide the economic base for many of the approx. 2500 full-time hunters and although the living and working conditions for the vast majority of Greenlanders are quite different today, the diet is still associated with national identity and cultural understanding.

    Gourmet Seal
    Seal can be cooked in just about every way imaginable and no Greenlander would do without it. Suassat, seal soup, is by many considered to be Greenland’s national dish and recently seal has also found its way to gourmet restaurants, where a new generation of creative chefs have started working with contemporary gastronomic interpretations of meat from marine mammals. How would you for instance like deepfried seal in orly dough, garnished with fried seaweed? Or red wine marinated seal liver?

  • Seal with peanut sauce

    450g Seal
    Chilli Sauce
    Peanut Sauce
    Drizzle olive oil
    Salt & Pepper to taste
    Wooden skewers

    Peanut Sauce
    1/4 cup peanut butter (natural, no sugar added kind)
    2 teaspoon soy sauce
    1 Tablespoon brown sugar
    1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
    1/4 cup coconut milk
    1/4 cup water
    red chili flake to taste
    chili garlic sauce to taste or 1 clove crushed garlic

    Sauce Method
    Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl, adding the water last. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until sauce begins to bubble and thicken.

    Seal Method
    Soak the wooden skewers in water to stop them from catching fire in the hot pan. Place a frying pan on to a high heat.
    Finely slice the seal and cut in to medium sized cubes (around 30g a cube). If the seal is cut too thickly it will become tough when cooked.
    Place 2 pieces on to the end of a skewer. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle some olive oil on to the board and evenly coat the skewered meat on both sides. When the pan is very hot add the coated skewers and cook for 1 minute on each side.

    To Serve
    Place a bowl of peanut sauce and a bowl of chilli sauce on to a slate and lay the seal skewers for dipping.