Q. What are some foods popular in, & possibly particular to Alaska? -Carol
A. Well, now, this is a fun one. Where do I begin? I think in the fine restaurants you will find featured: halibut, salmon, king crab, most any sea food. Since wild game can’t be sold commercially, you won’t find that when eating out (other than maybe reindeer sausage) but if you want a neat experience, wangle an invite to a common home and you might find moose, caribou, and bear on the menu.
Alaska doesn’t have much in the way of fruit trees – although a couple varieties of smaller sized apple grow here, but wild berries are very plentiful. We have picked currants, blueberries, salmon berries, watermelon berries, lowbush and high bush cranberries, and moss berries to name a few. There is nothing so beautiful as a home canned jar of wild currant syrup. Unless it is a stack of sourdough hotcakes to go with it.
A lot of rural kitchens have a pot of sourdough starter waiting for it’s call into ‘action’. Some starters go back a century supposedly. Bread, muffins and hotcakes are made from it. The old gold miners got the nickname of ‘sourdoughs’ because they used so much of it. It is said that they even took the pot to bed with them on really cold nights to keep it from freezing. Some of those sub zero nights were referred to as ‘one dog nights’ or ‘two dog nights’ depending on how many dogs you had to have in bed with you to keep the sourdough pot and yourself warm!
When our boys were young and running a trapline out in Copper River country, we ate all kinds of things. We tried to fully use whatever they found in their traps – so our dinner table sometimes featured strange meats such as porcupine, or lynx! One thing for sure it would be very hard to starve to death in Alaska.
Most of the bed and breakfasts in Alaska try to feature uniquely Alaskan goodies.