In the north, people used to get fresh food mostly from meat in winter and from fish when the waters were not frozen. In summer, they also used a few plants as vegetables, and, in the autumn, they ate berries, too.
According to the Sámi way of thinking, people make use of vegetables mostly through animals: animals feed on land and water plants, and people eat their meat. In the traditional Sámi diet, the share of plants has usually been small. However, earlier the Sámi used to add berries and bits of angelica, for example, to meat dishes.