Printed on 17.01.2017
Culture in Ukraine during the Communist Era
Food is an important part of Ukrainian culture. Ukrainian cuisine has developed over many centuries. Ukrainian cuisine was mainly based on the products obtained from farming. Ukrainians have been growing rye, wheat, barley, buckwheat and oats. Oats and barley were dominant in Carpathian villages. In southern areas, Podnistrovyi and in the eastern Carpathians corn was widespread.
Best-known Ukrainian dishes:
- Salo (salted pork fat with, or without garlic and pepper)
- Borshch (cabbage and beets based soup, usually with pork or beef meat, served with sour-cream)
- Pampushky (small baked breads, often buttered and topped with garlic and dill)
- Holubtsi (cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and minced meat)
- Varenyky (large stuffed dumplings, can be stuffed with potatoes, cottage cheese, curds, meat, berries, etc.)
- Nalysnyky (very thin pancakes)
- Syrnyky (fried cheese pancakes, usually served with sour cream, honey, or jam)
- Kisto, tisto or rizanka (home-made spaghetti)
- Holodets' or studen' (meat (beef, or pork) aspic, prepared with garlic, onion, bay leaf and black pepper)
Vegetables play an important role in the Ukrainian sustenance, such as potatoes, cabbage, beets, onions, garlic, cucumbers, legumes (beans, peas, and in the Carpathian villages - beans).
If you are invited to the wedding in Ukraine, you should know that:
- You can not bring red roses.
- You can not give forks, spoons, or knives as a present.
- You can not give underclothes as a present.
- You can not wear black clothes.
- You can not cross the road in front of the bride and the groom when they go to the registry office, or church.
- You can not wash the dishes during, or after, the wedding party.
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