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Most Popular Balkan Dishes

Balkan is famous for its quality vegetables, dairy products, and mild spices. It is a region that is also gaining popularity as one of the most visited tourist destinations globally. Balkan food is tasty, fresh and healthy. It’s no surprise its cuisines are quite famous.

Pork and chicken are the most common types of meat here, although lamb has a special place in Balkan cuisines. Seafood, fish, and veal dishes are also popular in traditional Balkan cooking. So if you’re thinking of visiting this region, below are their most delicious meals to try.

Ajvar

Originally from the Macedonian mountain villages, Ajvar is one of the most delicious Balkan meals. More of a relish than a meal, it is prepared from ground red-bell pepper, then baked on a low heat with spice and oil. It can be served with a freshly baked white bread and homemade white sirene cheese.

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Quite a tasty meal, Ajvar has become very popular in the nearby regions. If you also like it spiced, you can add garlic, eggplants, and chili to taste.

Kebapi

Traditionally from the Balkanian Peninsula countries, kebapi are made from minced beef and pork, then mixed with a funnel and grilled. It is a popular meal usually served with chopped onions, white bread, diced red pepper, and salt. Such a great meal, you can’t afford to overlook it.

Kajmak

While the Middle East has a version of it, the best is found in Bosnia. Kajmak is a dairy product that is commonly used as cheese. Even though it lacks a sharp taste, Kajmak is very creamy and goes well with other dishes.

It is considered an appetizer and is served with sweet pepper in a vinegar sauce. It is also versatile in that you can take it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Commonly used on pizza, bread, and jam, and sausage, it’s sure to complement any dish and in a special way.

Suho Meso

This is another great Serbian food with a prosciutto-like texture. It is air-dried meat that can be served with bread, cheese or eaten alone. Although they describe it as lean meat, it isn’t hard or overly chewy.

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It can be used as a pizza topping or easily paired with mushrooms and kajmak. Besides its tasty recipes, it’s their version of charcuterie.

Burek

This is one of the most common Balkan dishes always different depending on the region. Common in the former Ottoman Empire cuisines, Burek is a traditional pastry baked with sirene cheese and minced meat or vegetables. It goes great with the Balkan yogurt and is an ideal meal when traveling.

Although it is primarily bread and meat, the way it is prepared makes it come out super delicious. Often shaped in a spiral, the result is always tasty and unique.

Turli Tava

This meal consists of rice, okra, potatoes, carrots, eggplant, peppers, pork, beef or lamb. It is a common dish in Macedonia and the neighboring countries. Baked in a traditional oven, its taste is highly addictive.

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There is no finer tradition than the making of the Balkan cuisines. They are as rich as the souls of the Balkanian people. Their dishes, like the colors, represent their hospitality and rich spirituality. Whether you prefer light or hearty meals, they will always be savory.

Importance of Eating Natural Food

Importance of Eating Natural Food

Here’s a fact for you. The typical American vegetable travels 1,500 miles before ending up in someone’s belly. That is no freak of geography or slackness in transportation – but in order to keep it fresh, it needs to be preserved. Usually, this involves picking unripe produce, slathering it in preservatives (often using irradiation) and using methods to ripen it during transport.

So think of it from the farmer’s perspective. It’s going to be chemically preserved anyway, so why not use all sorts of synthetic or chemical fertilizers to enhance the total harvest? Can’t blame them for enhancing their yield, but by the time it makes the plate it will have been far from what was naturally grown. There are countless studies comparing natural fruit & vegetables compared to those mass farmed. Every single one notices a considerable depletion in vitamins and minerals in the latter. Yet those vegetables are marketed as being ‘fresh’ – but they are certainly not natural.

Importance of Eating Natural FoodObviously, this process is essential for feeding people. We cannot all spare the time or space to farm our own veggie patch! But you’d be surprised how many local farms there are delivering genuine produce into even the most densely populated cities. The reason why they tend to be more expensive is that they are premium quality and totally unadulterated. That means a superior product with a shorter shelf life.

But what does this mean for our health? The FDA is brutal when it comes to maintaining standards on what is permissible and not in food production. But that doesn’t mean that the product on the grocery stand is anywhere close to being natural. That tomato may look lovely and rosy, but it could have been so much more.

The same is true when it comes to meat. Compare an organically farmed, naturally fed rooster to a mass-produced chicken. The color alone gives away the difference. Natural meat production involves not just the positives of animal welfare, but also all organic, hormone- and GMO-free feeds. They are free to roam – making more tender meat – see the sunshine and enjoy clean housing. However, a typical ‘battery farmed’ bird will never have anything like that lifestyle, pumped full of hormones to encourage artificial growth and fed fake food. For a few dollars more, the unpolluted bird is going to offer far healthier meat.

Cattle experience a similar process, as do pigs, lambs and pretty much anything that ends up in easily accessible processed foods. Even eggs from battery birds will have residual amounts of chemicals, be far smaller than natural and as such be underdeveloped and lower in nutrients. But when fried up and placed on a plate – who notices the difference? Well, perhaps it’s time to wonder a little deeper about the source of what you eat because it is possible to dine naturally for the same cost – by reducing your wastage.