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Iced Akutaq.jpg
Iced akutaq made from raspberries and blueberries
Alternative names Eskimo ice cream, Native ice cream, Alaskan ice cream
Type Dessert
Place of origin United States
Region or state Alaska
Creator Eskimo of Alaskan Natives and Native Siberians
Main ingredients fish or meat, fat, sweetener berries
Cookbook: Akutaq  Media: Akutaq

Akutaq or agutak (ᐊᑯᑕᖅ), also known as Eskimo ice cream, is a favorite food in western Alaska, consisting of whipped fat mixed with berries, with optional additions such as fish and sugar. The word comes from Yup'ik and means "something mixed".[1]

Both akutaq (Eskimo ice cream) and Indian ice cream are also known as Native ice cream or Alaskan ice cream in Alaska.

There are many variations of Akutaq, but most involve mixing berries, fish, tundra greens, or roots with just a little animal oil or fat. Cranberries, salmonberries, crowberries, cloudberries, and blueberries are common fruits. Whitefish is common additive in the coastal. Reindeer tallow, moose tallow, walrus tallow, caribou tallow, or seal oil can be used. Sugar is added (although not traditionally). Occasionally, milk is needed as well.

Traditionally, akutaq was made with seal oil, fish roe, and fresh berries, but as a more western lifestyle is adopted, the convenience of Crisco and the taste of added sugar are preferred. While the fats used in the traditional recipe for akutaq are high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin A, the current fat, namely Crisco, is essentially a highly caloric source of trans fat.[2]

Akutaq nutrient facts Traditional akutaq
serving size = 1 cup
Today’s akutaq
serving size = 1 cup
Calories (kcal) 541 836
Saturated fat (g) 7.37 20.52
Omega-3 fatty acids (g) 13.15 1.33
Trans fats (g) 0 13.93
Vitamin A (RE) 977 9

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  1. ^ "Lesson One: Words". Alaskool. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  2. ^ http://nutrition.ucdavis.edu/content/alumni/Fall2004.pdf