And who doesn’t like ice creams? Now imagine a type of ice cream that was created in the frozen lands that the Eskimos call home. So, they probably don’t really need refrigerators, do they? Well honestly, the first time we heard about Eskimo Ice Cream, we kind of freaked out. We asked, ‘why the hell will they need ice creams in the first place when they are already living in sub-freezing temperatures?’ Seriously, the concept of Eskimos making ice creams for desserts was a completely out of the world idea that we were having hard time to grasp. This is where we decided to do some digging and we found some interesting facts we are going to share with you. So, let us waste time no further and start with out 20 interesting Eskimo Ice Cream facts. We promise, you will be surprised.
Interesting Eskimo Ice Cream Facts: 1-10
1. The formal name for what we call Eskimo Ice Cream is Akutaq. The word is pronounced as a-goo-duk.
2. The word is a Yupik word, which literally translates into ‘mix ’em together’. So basically, Akutaq is not really an ice cream as such.
3. The name Eskimo Ice Cream is the creation of the white men. Probably, they came up with the name because they saw berries on the dish that somewhat looked like an ice cream.
4. So, Akutaq is not an ice cream at all! It is in fact a dish that was prepared for surviving extreme cold. It was never a dessert. It was rather rather a body warmer.
5. In case you are looking for milk or creamy ingredients in Akutaq, you will be plain disappointed. It is in fact a mixture of meat and fat. Of course there are berry-toppings to make it look a bit pleasant.
6. Akutaq or Eskimo ice cream is a traditional dish that was prepared long time ago by the native Yupik people. They ate the dish before they went out on long hunting expeditions exposing themselves to freezing temperatures. They even carried the Akutaq along with them to fill their bellies when out in the cold.
7. The traditional Akutaq was prepared without any sugar but could contain a lot of things like seal oil, fish, caribou meat, caribou fat, moose fat, moose meat etc. along with several types of berries.
8. A variety of berries were and are used for Eskimo Ice Cream. Some of the most common berries include blueberries, cloudberries, crowberries, cranberries etc. Roots and tundra grass were also used for preparation of the Akutaq.
9. Akutaq preparation follows no specific recipe. In fact, every Eskimo family makes it slightly differently. The reason is simple. There is no written recipe found.
10. The preparation method and recipe used by a single family is usually passed on from generation to generation.