How Does Marzipan Complete the Identity of Lübeck?
Lübeck, a city on the Baltic Coast has plenty of History going back all the way to the 1100s. Being part of the Hanseatic League and having plenty of Gothic architecture creates an identity for the olden town. Although those two aspects of the city are important, there is one that fully develops the identity of Lübeck: Marzipan. But how does this confectionery delicacy complete the personality of Lübeck?
Marzipan is the biggest export of the city and therefore creates a depiction of the town all around the world because of it's success.
Origins of Marzipan
- Originally invented in Persia
- Concoction of Almonds and Sugar
- Brought to Germany by the Crusaders
- Only Apothecaries made it
- Johann Georg Niederegger (1777-1856)
- Started his company in 1806
- Made for Kings, the rich and Czars
- Not until 19th century that the commoners were allowed to have
- Company is over 200 years old
- Largest distributor of Marzipan in the world (exports to 40 different countries)
Marzipan in LüBeck
Lübecker Marzipan - Speicher
- Protected by the European Union Law
- Lübeck Marzipan ratio: 70 parts almond to 30 parts sugar
- Lübeck Fine Marzipan ratio: 90 parts almond to 10 part sugar
Marzipan is what makes up the culture of Lübeck. Being one of the largest exports gives the city much credit and therefore, connected with all the other factors makes up one huge identity