Country food it is like a well-kept secret of the Inuit, rarely found on menus in Nunavut other than caribou and char. As a culinary traveler and enthusiast, it was a main point of interest for me that I wanted to uncover.
It is a cuisine like few others left in the world.
A meat based diet, it is a cuisine of simplicity and nourishment where hunting and foraging are still widely practiced. Living off what the land has to offer and using every part of an animal is so deeply engrained in the Inuit.
Like many cultures, the best food experiences come from sharing with locals. My first time in Nunavut in 2015, working in Arctic Bay, I chatted about Nunavut's country foods with our guides, they knew how interested I was, almost desperate to have a taste of their country foods.
Arctic Char, the most widely known food from the north, was in abundance. I ate it frozen and raw as I was taught how to make an Inuit favorite, Pitti or pipsi, air and sun dried fish. It reminded me of a fish flavoured jujube. Chewy and slightly sweetened from the drying process.