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Gastronomic wonders
of Kuban
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It is not for nothing that historians consider the Caucasus and Kuban to be the "gateway" of Eurasia. Perhaps there is no region in the world where so many original cultures are intertwined. And each of them brought their own traditions in cooking.
At least three internationally recognized culinary schools have united in the modern cuisine of Krasnodar region. The Kuban Cossacks brought with them a Ukrainian flavor: the famous borsch, pickles, fish dishes, bacon. The peoples of the Caucasus and Transcaucasia have enriched local traditions with hot sauces, cheeses, meat dishes on charcoal. The Greeks added Mediterranean flavors: wine, seafood, fresh vegetables. This whole gastronomic "cocktail" has been insisted and enriched for several centuries, and today it is a unique phenomenon that is worth getting to know better.
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Fish and seafood
Fishing was one of the foundations of the Cossack economy, and fish was one of the main dishes on the Cossack table. And now, in the restaurants of Krasnodar region, you will definitely be offered to try freshly caught fish.

First of all, while studying the menu, pay attention to the mullet, as well as its varieties – striped mullet and soiuy mullet. The striped mullet is considered especially tasty - the largest and fatty fish from the mullet family. It goes well with white Kuban wines.

Two more must-have items on the Kuban fish menu are hamsa and red mullet. Usually they are fried or baked in breading, and the result is mouth-watering crispy sticks with an incredibly rich and pleasant taste.

Fans of fish delicacies will definitely like galagan - dried and pressed mullet caviar. Historians claim that a similar dish was served at the table of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. It is now known in cuisines throughout the Mediterranean. The Greeks call it avgotaraho, and the Italians and French call it battarga. Finally, in the menu of Kuban restaurants you will find more familiar local seafood: rapana, mussels and oysters.

Where to try: Krasnodar, Sochi, Gelendzhik, Anapa, Novorossiysk, Temryuk district, Tuapse district, Primorsko-Akhtarsky district.
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Kuban borsch
But the Kuban Cossack lived not only with fish. The Zaporozhian Cossacks brought rich and very colorful Ukrainian cuisine to Kuban. Over the course of two centuries, traditional Ukrainian borsch has turned into a modern Kuban - a real miracle of local culinary experts. Here, each housewife prepares it according to her own unique recipe, passed down from generation to generation. And even in inexpensive restaurant you can completely unexpectedly taste borsch, which you will remember for a lifetime. Do not forget to include other dishes of the Cossack cuisine with borsch in the lunch or dinner menu: salted bacon, dumplings, pies. Among the traditional Kuban drinks are kvass and uzvar.

Where to try: all cities and regions of Krasnodar region.
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Charcoal dishes
Shish kebab (shashlyk) has long since turned from a Georgian national dish into an all-Russian one - it is prepared everywhere. But nowhere they make shish kebab as tasty like in the Caucasus. The point is both high-quality meat and aromatic spices.

In addition, in the resort towns of Krasnodar region you will be offered not only meat options for barbecue, but also mushrooms, vegetables, fish baked on coals. And they will definitely be served with legendary Caucasian sauces: tkemali, satsebeli, pomegranate narsharab and the famous Abkhaz adjika.

Where to try: Krasnodar, Sochi, Tuapse district, Gelendzhik, Anapa.
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Kuban wines
The Greeks, who colonized the Black Sea coast in ancient times, began to grow grapes and make wine in Kuban. Nowadays, modern European equipment and high-quality local raw materials are used to produce the best Kuban wines. In Krasnodar region grapes of the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon varieties are grown. Large enterprises and small private wineries are happy to meet tourists, show their farm, and hold unforgettable tastings of their best wines.

Where to try: Temryuk district, Gelendzhik, Anapa, Abrau-Dyurso, Myskhako.
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Cheese
Even in ancient times the Circassians, one of the indigenous peoples of Kuban, learned how to cook smoked cheese. A wicker device made of twigs or beams was hung over the hearth. The cheese was left on this fixture for several hours to a week. The result was the so-called "red cheese". It served as food for men who left home for a long time: warriors, hunters or shepherds. Now Caucasian cheeses are known all over the world. And most of them are cooked with great skill in Krasnodar region. Especially often authentic Adyghe or Georgian cheeses can be found in the southern part of the region - in Sochi and Tuapse region. Any gourmet knows these names well: feta cheese, suluguni, chechil, chanakh. In a good restaurant you will be served a cheese platter not from shop-made cheeses, but a real farm product made by the hands of local cheesemakers.

But in the central part of Krasnodar region the production of cheese using European technologies is now actively developing. Surprisingly, very high-quality Italian and Greek cheeses are produced in Kuban: ricotta, montazio, caciotta, halloumi and others. Many cheese dairies act as objects of agricultural tourism. That is, they are corners of rural comfort, where you can relax in nature and touch the secrets of the production of high-quality cheese.

Where to try: Sochi, Tuapse district, Temryuk district, Kurganinsky district, Krasnodar, Krymsky district, Starominsky district, Tbilissly district.
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Watermelons
Krasnodar region is the main competitor of Astrakhan region for the title of the most watermelon region in Russia. And Kuban watermelons have no less fans than the Astrakhan ones. In addition to watermelons, Kuban will delight you with delicious peaches, apples, grapes, cherries, strawberries, figs, persimmons - you cannot just buy all these, but also gather them yourself in local gardens. In Sochi, you will definitely be offered local exotic fruits - feijoa, medlar, pomegranate and tangerines. Do not forget to also try Kuban nuts - walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts.

Where to try: Temryuk district.
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Tea
The first tea plantation appeared in Krasnodar region more than a century ago - in 1901 in the region of the mountain village of Solokh-aul (25 kilometers away from Central Sochi). This plantation still exists and is open to tourists. Currently, both inexpensive varieties for general consumption and elite varieties of tea: yellow, red and white - are produced in Kuban. In Sochi you will also be offered to try medicinal teas made from Caucasian herbs.

For tea, be sure to try delicious Caucasian honey and exotic southern desserts - feijoa or young walnut jam.

Where to try: Sochi