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Monday, August 08, 2005

muu maa mustikka 블루베리 보관

아내의 동료는 자녀를 14명이나 둔 집안인데, 부지런한 그들 덕분에 열매 나오는 시절에 주변 사람들은 그 부지런함의 열매를 누릴 수 있다. 동료의 남편과 아들 중에 하나는 지난 금요일 저녁에 블루베리를 따러 갔다가 다음 날 오전에 우리한테 열매 12킬로 갔다 주었다. 여덟살이 된 그 아들이 받은 오십유로는 그한테 결국 작은 돈이 아니었을 것이다.

냉동고가 작아서 블루베리 일부만 냉동해서 보관할 수 있었다.

다행히는 우리 아파트 지하층엔 큰 냉장실이 있다. 거기서 보관하기 위해서 남은 블루베리를 쨈으로 끓였다. 아니, 쨈이란 말이 좀 틀린 것이다: 한국이나 영국에서 알려진 쨈보다 설탕을 훨씬 작게 넣고 쨈처럼 딱딱하고 달지는 않을 것이다. 우리말로 하면 <힐로>.

냉동실에 들어가기 전에의 블루베리통들. 겨울 내내 아침에 죽을 맛있게 먹을 수 있을 것.

제목에 있는 핀란드말 <무우 마아 무스딕가>는 핀란드 속담 "내 땅은 딸기, 남의 땅은 블루베리"의 일부다. 오늘날엔 이 속담의 뜻은 "내 땅이 남의 땅보다 낫다"는 걸로 이해되지만 원래 화전(火田)농사에서 나타나는 말이다. 화전을, 즉 나무를 베고 불 태운 밭을 만들면 그 땅은 몇년 농사 짓다가 딸기가 나오는 동안 자기땅으로 볼 수 있고 블루베리가 나오기 시작할 만큼 숲이 생겼으면 그 땅을 누구나 사용할 수 있었단다. 그래서 "딸기는 내 땅, 블루베리는 남의 땅".

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<Anonymous Antti> said on 15.9.05 : 

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Wow! You'd have to take out a mortgage to buy that many blueberries in a British supermarket.
Kotaji | Homepage | 08.09.05 - 3:36 am | #

Wow. You are a lucky man.
db | Homepage | 08.09.05 - 7:38 am | #

aah.. mustikkasoppaa ja riisipuuroa. :)
haven´t been to finland too long.
orange | Homepage | 08.09.05 - 2:33 pm | #

As I said, we paid 50 euros for those some 12 kilos, which is much much less than we would've had to pay in a shop or at a marketplace (4€/l, or 8€/kg) but much much more than the picker gets from a wholesaler or a manufacturer.

There are manufacturers who need berries, but Finns won't pick them enough because of the low price, about 70c/kilo. So a berry product manufacturer invited 100 rice farmers from Thailand, who at the moment are free from farming, and are happy to get for them a huge income. (Income from collecting wild berries, mushroom and such is free from tax, so tourist visa is good.) Last summer there were 3500 Thais in Sweden doing similar work.
(Article on Thai berry pickers in English.)

Talk about globalization!
Antti | Homepage | 08.10.05 - 9:11 am | #

And did you really mean 14 kids?
db | Homepage | 08.10.05 - 8:49 pm | #

I see. The asparagus harvest in Germany is comparable; mostly people from Poland coming in for that work.
orange | Homepage | 08.11.05 - 12:38 pm | #

And did you really mean 14 kids?

Yes, fourteen. She denied when my wife asked, but it must be that the family are so-called Laestadians, a movement within the Lutheran Protestantism in which for example birth control is not excercised.
Antti | Homepage | 08.12.05 - 9:23 am | #

Miss it in Seoul... I had a traffic accident few years ago when I was driving a car full of freshly frozen blueberry back to Canberra. We bought some 50 kg. The car was beyond repair, but a local policeman kept recovered blueberry in a fridge, so we still ate it! It's very good, but somewhat different from blueberry of Karelia. But I always prefer to buy, not to pick. Laziness...
lankov | 08.19.05 - 3:12 pm | #

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