Flags in Food.


I came across this website earlier today and thought it was so creative I just had to share it with you! A food stylist, whose name I haven’t been able to find out, put together flags from all over the world using the foods that that country represents. So cool!

Italy: the classics. Basil, spaghetti, and roma tomatoes.

Spain: Chorizo and Spanish rice. Spanish chorizo gets its distinctive smokey flavor and deep red color from dried smoked red peppers making it muy caliente!

Switzerland: Prosciutto and, of course, Swiss cheese. I was a little confused about the prosciutto because most of us think of prosciutto as Italian but there are a lot of prosciutto manufacturers in Switzerland as well. FUN FACT: The horse bone is the most porous and is used to detect the prosciutto for freshness. While the salted ham is aging, prosciutto-ists (I just made that up :)) take a horse bone that has been carved down to a needle thin pencil and poke the ham in different spots. If the bone has any sort of odd smell it is immediately thrown away!

Japan: Raw tuna. It has recently been stated that the Yellowfin Tuna is slowly making its way into becoming a threatened species because of the demand. 😦

Brazil: On the bottom is a banana leaf, with lime slices, pineapple, and an avocado in the center! Avocado is considered a fruit and is grown on a tree that, on average, produces 120 avocados every year! Imagine the amount of guacamole that would make…

If you are a little confused, don’t worry, I was too. This is the national flag for Lebanon! Lebanon is located in Western Asia on the Mediterranean Coast. After a little research I discovered that Lebanese cuisine is very similar to Greek cuisine. Pita bread is a staple (and is located as the base of the flag), tomatoes and cucumbers are always in season, and parsley (the center), is in frequent use.

Speaking of Greece, what would that country be without kalamata olives, oregano, and feta cheese? Greece, hands down, is number 1 on my list of places to see.

France: bleu, brie, and grapes. As soon as I look at this I picture a couple picnicking on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower with this exact plate, a baguette, and a bottle of wine from Burgundy to share.

This is the flag of South Korea. They 4 corners, created in a sushi of rice and seaweed, represent the four Taoist philosophical ideas about the universe: harmony, symmetry, balance, and circulation. The two sauces that make the “yin” and “yang” in the center of the flag are 2 of the most popular sauces used in Korean cuisine: soy sauce and red pepper paste!

Here we have Australia represented in what I found to be the most iconic dish in both New Zealand and the Outback: meat pie. It is often made in a hand sized pie crust filled with minced meat and gravy. It is commonly served with tomato sauce on top which is what you see in the top left of the flag. This is the most popular snack eaten at Australian football games!

I had to explore google for a while to figure out what the green represented in this India flag. I could be wrong (and please correct me if I am!) but I believe the green is a dish known as Palak Paneer. Palak Paneer consists of spinach and paneer cheese in a curry sauce. The top of the flag is just a classic curry chicken, there’s white rice in the middle, and the center is known as a Pappadom, which is an Indian cracker made with chickpeas! They are a popular sell in Indian markets.

Last, but certainly not least, Vietnam. The center is a delicious slice of Starfruit that is making my mouth water. I love starfruit. It isn’t overly sweet but has a very refreshing taste. How do you eat it? Just slice, and enjoy! The center is usually a bit tough, similar to the center of pineapple. What are those prickly red things? Sea urchin! The eggs of the sea urchin are traditionally eaten, similar to caviar, and is known to taste like an under-ripe peach or papaya.

I learned a lot by going through each of these flags and I hope you have taken something from it as well! Any questions? I’d be happy (to try) to answer! 🙂

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