(Swiss Confederation, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
- Location : Western Europe
- Capital: Bern
- Language: German, French, Italian, Romansh
- Population: 7,785,600
- Total Area: 41,285 km2
- Currency: Euro
- Annual average liquor consumption per capita: 11.2 liters per year
- Annual Beer Consumption Per Capita: 57.3 liters per year
- The most popular drink: Wine, Beer
The most delightful experience for me was visiting Gruyeres and getting a cheese making tour. Gruyere is a cheese that blends sweet and salty flavors and becomes more complex with age. The technique of cheese making has not changed in years and it can take up to a year to produce this tasty treat. Of course, one can’t visit Gruyeres and not to indulge in actual eating! I sat down in one of the restaurant to enjoy Raclette. Raclette refers to three things: type of cheese, meal and cooking device. Every table was equipped with Raclette, machine that melts the Raclette cheese. Diners scrape it off to put on top of boiled potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions and prosciutto. The meal is not for cholesterol conscious ones, but it is warms heart and soul on a cold winter day.
François-Louis Cailler (1796 - 1852) established the oldest chocolate factory still in use in Switzerland. It is near Vevey. He is credited with smoothness that we associate with chocolate as well as molding the very first chocolate bar. Swiss celebrate their contribution to the world of deserts by consuming 22 lbs of chocolate per year.
Most popular drink in Switzerland is wine and it has been for centuries. French diplomat Daniel L’Ermite wrote in 1601 “Drinking is their passion, their delight, their biggest expense. They drink together; they bargain together while drinking and even conclude the most important business [when drinking].” To this day, Swiss consume ~270 million liters of wine per year, but this figure has been on a declining trend.
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