Northeast Friesland has plenty of local produce, and there are various activities and routes that will introduce you to it.

Frisian local produce

Waddengoud. The seal of approval for everything that grows and flourishes in the Wadden region and from which you get the assurance that a product is the result of natural processes. The same seal of approval is awarded to restaurants that serve this wonderful local produce. It is good to know: that many events and activities, typical of the Wadden region, are awarded the Waddengoud seal of approval.

Tip: A great many of these products are available in the local supermarkets

For use in the home: Wadden delicacies

Cranberries, sea buckthorn, the aronia; altogether, they form a colourful pallet of berries that grow and flourish in the Wadden Sea region. Products created from these berries include tea, juice, syrup, vinegar, wine, honey, jam, mustard and even confectionery. Not forgetting shampoo, bath salts, body scrub, body oil, bars of soap, all created using some of these fine Wadden delicacies.

Wâldpyk: the regional brand of the Friese Wouden

Giele wâldbeantsjes (Frisian yellow woodland beans), wâldgieltsjes (potatoes), wichters (woodland plums), these regional products are known exclusively by their Frisian names. These are just some of the regional products associated with Wâldpyk. The Reade krobbe, Kollumer pronkboon, aronia, blauwe bes and the parnaskruid are just some of the other crops that are extremely popular in the region.

It Griene Nest in Sumar. FOTO: MARCEL VAN KAMMEN

De Kruidhof has everything from herbs to fruit

Wander until your heart’s content in De Kruidhof, botanical gardens (from Buitenpost), which  comprise of no less than 17 gardens with different themes and represent the largest botanical collection of medicinal herbs in Western Europe. There are, of course, plenty of ornamental plants available, but also large numbers of plants that are used in food. There is, for example, a border dedicated to a variety of herbs used in the secret recipe of the herbal drink, Berenburg. You will immediately recognise the unmistakable aroma of sage, thyme and lavender drifting from the kitchen herb garden. The ‘Fruithof’ features around 300 different types of fruit including a few special regional varieties. Agricultural crops grown during bygone days in the Friese Wouden can be found in the ‘cultuurgewassentuin’ (garden of cultural crops). The herbs on display in De Kruidhof can be purchased fresh for home use. Nice to know: your entrance ticket not only includes admission to the botanical gardens, it is also valid for the Ice Age Museum.

Foodwalk

the Food Walk route is ideal for walkers and cyclists who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the special monuments along the way, and of course the area’s local plants and produce. Take a picnic basket with you and collect food along the way! The Food Walk is approximately 7 km long and starts at De Kruidhof Botanical Garden in Buitenpost. The brochure contains the route and a recipe. Enjoy this culinary tour in National Landscape De Noardlike Fryske Wâlden!

Go on the herb trail

The herb trail – arrangement is recommended if you would like to learn more about interesting plant life. The herbs found on this trail will invigorate all of your bodily senses! A local herbalist will explain about the healing properties of the herbs and their culinary uses, while allowing you to sample the herbs that thrive throughout the region. The herb trail is a joint-venture between the botanical gardens, De Kruidhof, the Tuincafé from Buitenpost, the herbalist Tjitske Postma from De Krudwiizer from Noardburgum, De Wâldpyk, Restaurant De Herberg van Smallingerland from Rottevalle and Restaurant De Pleats from Burgum.

The Frysling is bubbling

De Frysling from Twijzel is the most northerly vineyard in the Netherlands and it lies just outside of the village of Twijzel. In 2018 they have been called: ‘best vineyard in the Netherlands‘. The name ‘Frysling’ is a combination of the regional name of Frysland and the grape variety Reisling, known as a queen of grapes. Influenced by the Wadden Sea, and sheltered by the Friesland woodlands, more than 5000 grapevines have thrived in the sandy Friesland soil since 2009. Six different grape varieties are used in the production of the delectable white and rosé wines of Friesland. Ready for a party? Taste Friesland’s premier wine, the sparkling Frysling Brûswyn and you’ll quickly see that it”s nog only the wine that sparkles. There are always plenty of activities to to take part in at the Frysling, including guided tours, wine-tasting and artistic workshops. The tasting room is open on the first Sunday afternoon of every month.

Oan ‘e Dyk

Recreational activity in the region can be combined with relaxation at Oan ‘e Dyk from Paesens-Moddergat, a hiking trail combined with a buffet comprising products from throughout the region. Enjoy the hard earned Amelander mustard soup, ragout created from organic sheep raised on the sea dike, sea vegetable salads and home produced honey and jam from the Wadden region.

Nothing goes to waste at Frytsjam

Frytsjam from Twijzel are biological fruit growers of elderberry, aronia, sea buckthorn and blueberries. Frytsjam uses this variety of berries in the production of syrups, juices, fruit purée, flavoured honey, wines and vinegars. Reassuring to know: the majority of these products are sugar free! All products are produced using fructose or concentrated fruit juices. The entire berry is used, and nothing is wasted. Once the juice has been extracted, the remaining skins and pips are dried and used in a variety of products including fruit tea, mustard and buckthorn body scrub. Frytsjam has a garden  where you can pick your own fruit. The garden is open almost every day during the summer. It is always a good idea to ask if there is enough ripe fruit available in advance. These are natural products, so the amount of ripe fruit available can vary from day to day.

An enjoyable drink

An enjoyable drink, a piece of sausage or cheese; these typical Friesland snacks are definitely worth a try:

  • Sonnema Berenburg: the factory and its visitors centre are located in Bolsward, but the actual drink originates from Dokkum. Available at most off-licences
  • Bonifatius beer: brewed in part with water from the Bonifatius source.
    Bonifatius bitter: a delicious spicy herb drink from Dokkum. Available in special shops and off-licences throughout the region
  • Kâld Kletske: special beer from Burgum. Now brewed in Brewery Dockum
  • Weidenaar Friese dried sausage from Dokkum. Available in many supermarkets
  • Sheep cheese from the Grootkabel farm and shop from Kollumerpomp
  • Logement Doosje from Warfstermolen has collected no less than 90 different types of whisky over the years. These whiskey enthusiasts will be glad to share their knowledge during one of their tasting sessions

Enjoy some of the local produce