Being the second largest county in Europe, Ukraine borders the Black Sea and consists of a variety of fertile plains and plateaus throughout the nation. Its cuisine is heavily influenced by the rich dark soil (chornozem) from which its ingredients come and often involves many components.
The Ukrainian cuisine incorporates a variety of different food branches (carbohydrates, fats, protein, fruits and vegetables) due to the large size of the country and the plentiful edible resources. Traditional Ukrainian dishes often experience a complex heating process – “at first they are fried or boiled, and then stewed or baked. This is the most distinctive feature of Ukrainian cuisine”.
Often referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe”, the Ukrainian cuisine emphasizes the importance of wheat and grain to the Ukrainian people and its often tumultuous history with it. The majority of Ukrainian dishes descend from ancient peasant dishes based on plentiful grain resources such as rye as well as staple vegetables such as potato, cabbages, mushrooms and beetroots. Ukrainian dishes incorporate both traditional Slavic techniques as well as other European techniques, a by product of years of foreign jurisdiction and influence.
- Zelenyj Borshch
- Olivier Salad
- Kovbasa and Salo
- Kotleta po-kyivsky
Desserts and Pastries
Some of the most popular Ukrainian beverages consist of the following:
- Pryazhene Moloko
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Although Ukraine was the crossing road between Arabia, Europe and Asia and over time fell under the rule of Russia, Poland, and Austria for a number of years, its national cuisine stayed in tact.
Stemming from peasant dishes based on a variety of grains and vegetables grown in the country, sugar beets, potatoes, cabbages, and mushrooms are part of most dishes.
Common Ukrainian meals start with a soup, the most popular being a hearty cabbage and beef Borshch. The second course is followed by some type of mashed or roasted potatoes along with stewed meat.
Ukrainian food is very filling and delicious. It consists of a great combination of vegetables, protein, and starches.
For the most part, Ukrainian food is balanced and healthy. Fresh vegetable salads, soups, grains, meat, and fruit are all part of a daily meal.