BULGARIAN CUISINE





Bulgarian Cuisine

Bulgarian food could easily be called one of the wonders of this world. Its unique character has developed through the ages out of wealth of the local culinary traditions, combined with foreign influence in a way which is possible only in Bulgaria, a culture rich in history and traditions. The result, the unique Bulgarian cuisine, offers an incomparable taste with unique characteristics, originality and exceptional variety. The variety in Bulgarian cuisine is based on the long history of the country, as well as on the long-lasting migrations of the tribes that founded Bulgaria more than 1320 years ago. The close contact with Turkey and Greece have helped us form very attractive and to some extent exotic national cuisine, including some dishes which cannot be called national but which are typical of Bulgaria only. That's one of the things Bulgarians miss the most when they are abroad and also one of the things that make them come back.

Most Bulgarian dishes are oven baked, steamed, or in the form of stew. Deep-frying is not very typical, but grilling - especially different kinds of meats - is very common. Pork meat is the most common meat in the Bulgarian cuisine. Oriental dishes do exist in Bulgarian cuisine with most common being moussaka, gyuvetch, and baklava. A very popular ingredient in Bulgarian cuisine is the Bulgarian white brine cheese called "sirene". It is the main ingredient in many salads, as well as in a variety of pastries. Fish and Chicken are widely eaten and while Beef is less common as most cattle are bred for milk production rather than meat, veal  is found in many popular recipes.

Traditionally Bulgarians have consumed a notable quantity of yogurt per head and is noted historically for the production of high quality yogurt by using a unique  micro-organism called "Lactobacillus Bulgaricus" in the manufacturing process. It has been claimed that yogurt originates from Bulgaria. Although this cannot be substantiated, Bulgaria has been part of a region that has cultivated and consumed yogurt from as far back as 3,000 BC

If you go to Bulgaria, good food will be just a part of what you will be impressed by. Because, above all, the country is a state of traditions and culture. Indeed, who would not like the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, juicy meat, grilled or served with piquant sauces, mouth-watering vegetarian dishes, simmered slowly on low heat, the banitsa (filo pastry with Bulgarian white cheese) which simply melts in your mouth, famous Bulgarian yogurt, and last but not least Bulgaria's fine wines, produced on a unique terroir?