Onions, in all their garlanded glory, are the basis for Bern’s Zibelmärit. They are colorful and pretty to look at in your kitchen, dangling amongst the pots and pans, and they keep for weeks, if not months. And of course, they are food! But they’re not the only foodstuffs on offer in Bern at the Onion Market.
A taste of Switzerland at the Zibelmärit
The market that began with fresh produce from the Fribourg region now presents a raft of food products from around Switzerland, such as risotto to go with Ticinese wine, and grappa-laced coffee; and all sorts of candies and cookies.
Here is a run-down on the other items I spotted/tasted/brought home from my day at the Onion Market.
For the sweet tooth
For the carnivore
For the cheese lover
For the condiment-crazed (count me in!)
For the commuter
Zibelmärit takes place on a workday, and shops and restaurants in the main train station make it easy to sample the Onion Market—and a taste of Switzerland—without without stepping outside.
At bread stands and in bakeries in the station, there were also loaves aplenty, plus Schnecken (“snails” of coiled dough dotted with raisins and bits of marzipan), Gipfeli (aka croissants), and various pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Grättimaa, officially a bakery item for Saint Nicholas Day, 6 December, were also on offer. Those I will wait for.