Latvia is located in a temperateclimatic zone with fairly long andcold winters and warm, shortsummers. Due to the harshclimate and relatively poor soilquality Latvians have alwaysworked hard to provide food forthemselves and their families.Food has thus always beenassigned great value by Latvians.Bread has a specialplace in the Latvianconsciousness,and respect for it isencouragedfrom earlychildhood.
Although Latvian cuisine hastraditionally been based onagricultural produce, meat alsofeatures prominently in the Latviandiet. People living along the 500 kmof Latvian coastline have alwaysbeen involved in fishing, and fishhas been an integral part of theirdiet. Fish are also caught inland,but these freshwater species areconsidered more of a delicacy,in the same way as crayfish are.