Lithuanian cuisine

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Lithuanian cuisine refers to the traditional cooking methods and dishes from Lithuania. It features a wide range of ingredients and techniques, reflecting the country's history, geography, and climate.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Lithuanian cuisine is intertwined with the history of the Lithuanian people and their cultural evolution. The cuisine has been influenced by the country's location and its interactions with neighboring countries, such as Poland, Germany, and Russia.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Lithuanian cuisine is known for its use of whole grains, root vegetables, and dairy products. Potatoes are a staple food, used in many dishes. Other commonly used ingredients include rye, beets, mushrooms, and various types of berries and herbs.

Dishes[edit | edit source]

One of the most famous Lithuanian dishes is Cepelinai, a type of dumpling made from grated potatoes and usually filled with meat or cheese. Another popular dish is Šaltibarščiai, a cold beet soup often served in the summer. Kibinai, pastries filled with mutton and onions, are a specialty of the Lithuanian Karaim community.

Beverages[edit | edit source]

Traditional Lithuanian beverages include beer, mead, and kvass. Lithuania has a long history of beer brewing, with many regional varieties. Mead, made from fermented honey, is a traditional drink often associated with Lithuanian celebrations and rituals.

See also[edit | edit source]


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