A soup made mostly out of beets, served hot or cold with sour cream, borscht is believed to be a specialty in the eastern part of Europe including Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.
It’s considered the national soup of Ukraine. In fact, bors or borst, came from the Slavic word for beet. And compared to any other country in the world, Ukraine has the most kinds of borscht recipe available.
The existence of Borscht dates back in the medieval times. Because beets were cheap, it was primarily the food of the poor. This humble soup never made it on the royal table during the time when Jagiellonian kings were reigning. Even the royal servants have never consumed borscht.
Borscht has many variants. Polish borscht recipe includes garlic, onion and of course, red beets. Some recipes include bacon to infuse a smoky flavor to the soup. Other variations of this soup include meat and other various vegetables where beets aren’t the main ingredient.
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