Eat Like a Local in the Faroe Islands – Get Some Skyr
First off, Skyr is not Faroese. It’s Icelandic. In fact, it’s as Icelandic as fish and chips is British. But it’s very popular in the Faroe Islands and if you’re not headed to any other Scandinavian country, then you should get your fix of Skyr in the Faroes.
So what is Skyr? It’s like yoghurt – but it’s thicker, yummier, and healthier. It’s probably closer to cheese than yoghurt. It’s available in grocery stores across the Faroe Islands – in a number of flavors: strawberry, pear, banana, blueberry, chocolate, vanilla, peach, baked apple, melon and passion fruit, peach and raspberry. I tried almost all of them and relished strawberry the most.
Some interesting facts about skyr:
Skyr is very rich in protein and calcium, and it’s almost fat free – which makes it rather popular as a post-workout snack.
The high protein content is because the whey is strained which essentially means that to make a cup of skyr about 3 to 4 times the quantity of milk is required vis-à-vis the quantity of milk required to end up with the same amount of yoghurt.
Skyr has about 2 to 3 times the quantity of protein as regular yoghurt.
There are multiple manufacturers of Skyr in Iceland and many of them are available in the Faroe Islands too – but the biggest and most easily available in Iceland and the Faroes is MS (shown in the photograph above) and that’s the brand I went for over and over again
In Scandinavian countries, Skyr is an ingredient (often the base ingredient) in many different recipes – be it smoothies, salads, puddings, cakes, omelets et cetera
In April 2016 when there were anti-government protests (as a result of the Panama Papers revelations) in Iceland, angry protestors hurled tubs of Skyr at the Parliament as they demanded for the Prime Minister to resign. Civil disobedience gone probiotic!
When you try some Skyr – let me know which flavor you liked the most.