Himmel und Erde

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Traditional "Himmel und Erde" served with black pudding, fried onions, and mashed potato with apples
"Himmel und Erde" with sausage and onions in bacon as served in Westphalia

Himmel und Erde (English: Heaven/Sky and earth; in the Rhineland: Himmel un Ääd) is a traditional German dish most popular in the regions of the Rhineland, Westphalia and Lower Saxony. It was also popular in the past in Silesia. The dish consists of black pudding, fried onions, and mashed potato with apple sauce. It has been known since the 18th century.

The name of the dish originates from the name of two of the main ingredients: the apples coming from the trees, i.e. from up in the sky, and the potatoes coming from the ground. (A dialect word in German for potato is Erdapfel (English: earth apple), or Äädappel in the Rhineland, so there are two kinds of "apples" in the dish).[1]


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