Photo Friday: Soups of the Mountains

The month of January is designated National Soup Month in the United States. Here at GlacierHub we are celebrating the occasion with a soup-themed Photo Friday!

Soups are a very common part of the diets of mountain dwellers across the world. In the Peruvian Andes, for example, soup is a main dish for many meals with an estimated 2,000 varieties across the country, with ingredients ranging from potato to quinoa. Thukpa, a Tibetan word for a noodle soup, is a staple of Himalayan cuisine, with yak or mutton often mixed in. The European Alps have a rich soup tradition as well. During the winter months, a common expression is “jetzt isch wieder Suppeziit,” meaning “It’s soup time again.” Famous soups of the Alps include Bündner Gerstensuppe, a barley-based soup with vegetables and dried meat which originated in eastern Switzerland, and Basler Mehlsuppe, which translates to flour soup and is commonly eaten in the Swiss cityof Basel during Basler Fasnacht, the city’s carnival, which marks the start of Lent.

Many of these soup recipes can be found online, allowing you to celebrate national soup month with the tastes of the mountains. Here’s one from Ecuador that will warm you up and please you with its flavors.

Photo of women preparing a potato soup in Ecuador.
Women in Ecuador preparing a potato soup (Source: scottgunn/Creative Commons).


Photo of a quinoa soup in Peru.
A quinoa soup in Peru (Source: Jenny Villone/Creative Commons).


Photo of Tibetan Thukpa noodle soup
Thukpa, a Tibetan Noodle Soup (Source: neosprassus/Creative Commons).


Photo of a bowl of Bündner Gerstensuppe
Bündner Gerstensuppe (Source: Daniel Gasienica/Creative Commons).


Photo of a bowl of Basler Mehlsuppe
Basler Mehlsuppe (Source: Klaus Schoenwandt/Creative Commons).