If you have already decided to spend your next vacation in Bukovina, here are some tips on the local culinary recipes.
Bukovina’s food is not only meant to satiate your hunger, but also to arouse your senses. They are mainly cooked from locally grown organic foods, following old recipes, passed on from generation to generation.
Vegetables and greens play a very important role in Bukovinian cuisine. You will often find them as side or main dishes, boiled, baked, stewed or pickled. Very rarely they are fried in animal fats.
Bukovina is a pastoral area and the mountains that surround it offer the cows and sheep all the necessary ingredients to give the best fresh milk. Therefore dairy products play an important role in Bukovina’s cuisine. They accompany all kinds of dishes, from appetizers to dessert (cabbage rolls with sour cream, the butcher’s pork and beef chops, cheese pies, etc.)
Given that over time in Bukovina people of many ethnic groups have lived, their influences are evident in the local gastronomy. Poles, Russians, Turks, Germans and Austrians left their mark on the culinary recipes.
Also known as The Land of sour cream, Bukovina adds this ingredient to every dish. Other two foods mainly used in Bukovinian cuisine are trout and ceps. The trout is smoked in fir-tree twigs and is eaten grilled or as zacusca. Ceps can be served as stew or as filling for cabbage rolls.
Bukovina’s gastronomy mainly uses poultry meat and fish, but there are also some culinary recipes for pork, game or beef. Soups are soured with borș and are thickened with a mixture of sour cream and eggs. Try the Radauteana soup.
Being the homeland of monasteries, Bukovina also offers some delicious fasting recipes: the mushroom pie at Dragomirna or the vegetable sausages at Putna.
The forest offers fresh and healthy food to the people in Bukovina. Everything that is edible is cooked here, from nettles, sorrel and garden sorrel, ramson and even beetroot. These dishes are delicious.
Desserts are not left out in the Bukovinian gastronomy either. These are usually made of doughs with different fillings. You can try the Moldavian Easter cake, the Poale’n brau cheese pies, the Moldavian sweet bread, the pumpkin, cheese, apple or cabbage pies.