Traditional Foods Europe

Traditional Foods Europe

Today we talk about European food cultures and traditional foods europe, eating habits, the difference between them and the change it has undergone over time.

There are many factors that determine eating habits in European countries. From the geographical position to popular beliefs, but also of the technologies and the economic availability of each country.

European kitchens according to their position have also been influenced by exchange between peoples. European countries have very different national cuisines, such as the Mediterranean and the Germanic ones. But they also have some common characteristics, such as the use of sauces and spices, different types of dairy products (such as butter and cream) should be used.

In common, they also have the presence of varieties of meats, with the different methods of preparation. The relationship with the American continent has had considerable importance for the European diet with the import of consumer products such as potatoes and tomatoes. Now let’s see how Europe is divided according to the geographical potion it is divided into southern, western, central, northern and eastern.

 

Today we talk about European food cultures, their eating habits, the difference between them and the change it has undergone over time. There are many factors that determine eating habits in European countries. From the geographical position to popular beliefs, but also of the technologies and the economic availability of each country. European kitchens according to their position have also been influenced by exchange between peoples. European countries have very different national cuisines, such as the Mediterranean and the Germanic ones.

But they also have some common characteristics, such as the use of sauces and spices, different types of dairy products (such as butter and cream) should be used. In common, they also have the presence of varieties of meats, with the different methods of preparation. The relationship with the American continent has had considerable importance for the European diet with the import of consumer products such as potatoes and tomatoes.

Now let’s see how Europe is divided according to the geographical potion it is divided into southern, northern, central, western and eastern.

Southern Europe :

This area of Europe is also the origin of most of Europe’s culinary traditions of (such as olive oil, wine). The Mediterranean area also shows similar landscapes, such as hilly areas with few lowland areas, pine and olive forests: the areas that share this morphology are about half of the territory of Portugal, the south and east of Spain, the southern area of France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus and Malta. As for Italy, the vast majority of the national territory, only the Alps and the Po Valley are excluded. Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal made a greater contribution to the food culture of this part of Europe.

Norther Europe:

Northern Europe includes Nordic countries or more precisely eight countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania. These countries have a very harsh climate, with cold and very long winters. For this reason they also have very abundant dishes, mostly based on meat and fish. And they have a very varied fish market. Occasionally other areas bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, such as north-western Russia, northern Poland, Benelux and northern Germany, will return to this part of Europe.

Central Europe :

 

Central Europe is that part of Europe that has as its northern borders the North Sea, the Baltic and the straits that give it accesses, to the west the Rhine, to the south the Alps, to the east the so-called Pont-Baltic isthmus, or the watershed between the Vistula-Bug on one side and Memel-Pripet on the other and then the one between Dnestr and Prut to the Danube. This part of Europe with all neighboring countries has had many cultural exchanges. Nine countries and some neighboring countries will enter here. The nine main countries are Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Hungary. These countries have a cuisine characterized by strong flavors, using spices such as pepper and paprika. Here we also find a great variety of cooked meats, in this part of Europe with most of the cultivation of barley, they are major producers of beer.

Wester Europe:

Western Europe includes France, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Holland and Luxembourg.

Western kitchens are also very different from each other, even if they share some characteristics. With greater presence of meats, also relatively to the size of the pieces of meat served, and in the way of cooking them, much more varied. Also in this part of Europe we find countries that have given a lot to European food. Not only as a dish but also as a type of restaurant. From here also being so called “fast food”, while maintaining its internationally renowned cuisine. Also, influenced by the temperate climate and the import of products from overseas but also from Asia.

Eastern Europe:

Eastern Europe, the borders of the region are not well-defined so that it can happen that a nation can also be understood in another area. The countries of this part of Europe are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. Eastern European cuisine actually includes the cuisine of many countries, including Russia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Although there are slight regional differences and influences associated with this type of cuisine, the dishes are simple, substantial and contain a variety of vegetables, proteins, cereals and dairy products, depending on availability in the region. This is also a very spicy cuisine, which has had influences from various oriental cultures. But even today, influenced by kitchens such as French, Italian, German but also Jewish. Here we also find a great variety of smoked meats, great consumption and a variety of salads and vegetable soups. But in the maritime regions also consumption of fresh fish as well as salt water, as well as fresh water.


So we ended up dividing Europe by zones. If I forgot to enter some country or entered someone else. You can correct me to put it on his own, because I am committed to making a long journey to see the European cuisines of every single country. And to better describe all the particularities for national and regional dishes. I hope you enjoyed the post.


 

14 Replies to “Traditional Foods Europe”

  1. Your site if very cool and original. I come from an Italian backgound and love travelling Europe and eating European food. 

    I have Celiac disease and therefore can not eat gluten. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about gluten but thanks to you, I learnt even more about it:)

  2. Thank you very much for this awesome article. it is expository. i would have loved to have more pictures anyways as this can help give a better insight.
    culture and food of different people interests me and this is why i like visiting various places. this is now not very possible because of the covid 19 pandemic.

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I have a great cultural journey in mind. I’m glad it’s of interest.
      And I hope that when I have greatly expanded my virtual journey, it will always be interesting. 😁

  3. If you’ve fantasized about eating your way through Europe, you’re not alone. From rich stews and dumplings in the Balkans to seafood in the Mediterranean, One country that i adore when it comes to cuisine and diversity of foods is Spain, Spain is the most diversified with countless number of foods and drinks….i always love it there.

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. In the Balkans there is a variety of salads with lots of grappa (rakija). We find the gnocchi in Italy, and maybe we are going to eat two gnocchi in Sorrento with a nice red wine. A for Spain maybe a fish paella with a nice glass of white wine. I’ve been traveling a lot last month. Mediterranean cuisine is beautiful, but others are so particular. We are leaving. 😁

  4. I love Europe i have been to some countries in it and i must tell you they have one of the best food and cuisine especially Spain, Spain has one of the best foods that i have ever tasted one i really love is their spiced shrimps they are rely good….i think i would like to travel to more European countries and find out more

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I am sure that soon I will come to write about Spain. But before Spain there are two other very interesting countries Greece and Italy.

  5. Hello there, thanks for sharing this one i must say i really love what you did on this article as i have been to Europe just once and during that time i visited a place in Poland and i must tell you it was a very nice experience as i had to eat different type of meals and they also had a lot of drinks too i tell you it was a very nice experience. For reading this article i think i have to visit the whole of Europe and enjoy all it has to give.

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you liked the post. And that you shared your experience. Yes, Poland is a country that has a lot to offer. But I won’t be there soon when I started the journey from the south. And countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France. They are very large, with different cuisines not only from country to country, but also regional.

  6. That was very nice to look at getting a kick out of the double-stacked buses lots of history and beautiful scenery always be impressed with history of other places.

    Far away places really know nothing about your country I’m just an old country boy from the deep south in the USA good post and very clean looking site thank you for sharing part of your life with me.

    1. Hi, Gary. Thanks for the comment, I have not been to the United States. Even for me and a country very far away, but the pleasure of taking a virtual trip I pass it. He said he’s a country boy, my site will deal with good quality food. And the big city, to have good food, it takes many farmers who supply us with first quality products.

  7. You did a great job George! I believe that this is the information that can’t be find on the web easily and you decided to share it with others for free, that’s really great!
    I didn’t know much about traditional European foods but I’ve been always interested to know more about this topic and your comprehensive guide helped me a lot. I don’t know if you wrote this post 100% by yourself or got help from other sources as well, anyway, it has really brilliant information which convinced me to share it with my friends on social networks.
    I think, the Internet needs more quality posts like yours these days, especially when we see a lot of crappy ads and scams about this topic. You can’t read a post easily on a website without seeing tons popups but your site and post is an ideal example of a quality article which is not covered by annoying ads, has very useful information and lets readers enjoy reading every piece of it.

    Thank you again and I wish you continue providing such that quality information in the future which turn the Internet and blogs into a better place to surf!

    Best,
    Ali

    1. Thanks for the comment, Ali, I’m glad you liked the post. Information that I have taken from the books, from local information a summary of the most important things. But in any case I write in my own words. And so I will also in the next post. Because for each country, however, I will deepen my knowledge up to regional cuisine. Surely when they make us go free, there will also be some of my good experiences. 😁

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