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The Netherlands: Culinary Specialties: Dutch Food Influences - by Karin Engelbrecht

Many people have a preconception about Dutch food that it is bland and boring, lacking spice, both literally and figuratively. But in fact, the Dutch kitchen has been enriched by many foreign flavors. Early Persian and Arab influences were the result of trading. Roman, French and Spanish influences occurred because of various conquests throughout the history of the area.

Things really spiced-up Holland ruled the spice trade in the 17th century. And, more recently, the Netherlands has seen an influx of immigrants from some of its former colonies as well as guest workers from Turkey and Morocco.

Read more: Dutch Food Influences - History of Dutch Food - Culinary Influences on the Dutch Kitchen

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