Ponche, or hot dried fruit punch (Guatemala)

Tweet Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. It’s a former colony of Spain, but indigenous culture and influence remains particularly strong, with most of the population having indigenous roots. Because of the country’s rich history there are many important archeological sites. However, there was a civil war from 1960 to 1996, of […]

Kutia wigilijna, or Christmas wheat pudding with poppy seed (Poland)

Tweet Poland is a large country in Central Europe, located by the Baltic Sea. It has several mountainous areas and even one of the five deserts in Europe. About 1/3 of the country is covered by forest. Poland is an important agricultural producer of potatoes, rye, triticale and sugar beets. It has a very healthy […]

Curried baked “beef” with yoghurt and fruit (Kyrgyzstan)

Tweet Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central asia, a former member of the USSR. It is landlocked and farther from a sea than any other country in the world. 80 % of the country is made up by a mountainous area. Historically the Kyrgyz have been mostly semi-nomadic herders living in yurts. Horse riding remains […]

Charoset, or dried fruit and nut sweets with spices (Yemen)

Tweet Yemen is a fairly large country located in the very Southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, very close to Africa. Until 1990 it used to be two separate countries, North Yemen and South Yemen. The territory also includes over 200 islands, many of them volcanic, including the Socotra archipelago whose biodiversity has made it a […]

Sòpi di binja, or dessert soup with red wine and prunes (Bonaire)

Tweet Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands, which consists of the tiny island Bonaire and an even smaller uninhabited islet in the Caribbean. It used to be a part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010 when the country was dissolved. The population is only about 16,000 and speaks Dutch and Papiamentu, a Creole […]

“Cerdo” con peras y ciruelas pasas or “pork” with pears, prunes and almonds (Balearic islands)

Tweet The Balearic islands are an archipelago in the Mediterranean, to the east of Spain, which are an autonomous community of Spain. Both Catalan and Spanish are speaken there and the total population is about one million. The most famous Balearic Islands are Majorca (Mallorca) and Ibiza, both popular tourist destinations – Majorca for older […]

Bobotie, or curried “meatloaf” (South Africa)

Tweet South Africa is a large country in Southern Africa (well, duh), unfortunately perhaps best known for its apartheid policy. About 80% of the people are of black origin, showing that yes, you can discriminate against the majority. It is also infamous for some other things, like the mind-blowingly high number of rapes and the […]

Edkij sous shashlyka, or fruity dipping sauce (Uzbekistan)

Tweet Uzbekistan is a former Soviet state, now an independent Turkic state, a double-landlocked country (only surrounded by other landlocked countries) and the most populous country (over 27 million people) in Central Asia. The climate has significant temperature variation with summers being as warm as 40C (104F) and winters as cool as -23C (-9F). Numbers […]

Armjanskij sup chechevicy, or lentil soup with dried apricots (Armenia)

Tweet Armenia is a small landlocked country located in the Caucasus that used to be a part of the Soviet Union. It is usually considered to be a part of Asia, but sometimes counted in Europe as well (e.g. Wikipedia lists it as a “bicontinental country” and it is also a member of the Council […]