Der Käseigel

Today in German Words Explained we explain the word “Käseigel“.

The Käseigel was popular at parties on the 60s and 70s. Fruit, cheese and even vegetables are placed on cocktail sticks and stick into a large fruit, such as a melon, similar to the way that cheese and pineapple are served.

The form given by placing the sticks in the melon resembles a hedgehog or Igel, hence the name Käseigel.

The word Käseigel is now considered threatened in German, as it is used so seldomly.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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