With it’s own territorial government, anthem, flag and national emblem Ukraine is situated in central Europe at the south eastern part. It boarders countries like Byelorussia, Russia, Slovakia, Moldova, Poland and Roumania or Romania on the land; turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Roumania and Georgia on sea. This splendid country has favorable climatic conditions, most of the landmass is blessed with very fertile soils and enjoys a strong background on agriculture. Grown in Ukraine are food crops like maize, wheat, buckwheat and corn, green and red vegetables and all sorts of fruit, berries and melon. Sugarcane is also grown on large scale and the sugar produced is enough for her own needs and for export.
The Ukrainian cuisine is part and parcel of the Ukrainian culture, customs and lifestyle; it is very much diverse and well defined with amazing flavors. Over the centuries this irresistible cuisine has been influenced by other cuisines from countries like Poland, Turkey, German and Russia making it a blend of flavor rich cuisines. Ingredients that are common of the Ukrainian cuisine are mushrooms, meat, vegetables, herbs, berries and fruits. Interesting to note is the hospitable nature that most Ukrainians uphold, meals are normally prepared in plenty and are often served in generous quantities.
Nicknamed the “bread basket” of Europe it makes it obvious to term bread as the country’s staple, dozens of methods can be employed to prepare bread in Ukraine and these methods are mostly used in customs and rituals; cakes and pastries are also popular but not very sweet. Dishes in this great cuisine are often rich in pickled vegetables and when the vegetables are not in season certain dishes can be prepared with available ingredients. The Ukrainian cuisine is seconded by a four course meal routine with aperitifs served before the main course and a hearty topping of dessert and beverages to seal the deal.