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For those who absolutely love souvenirs, here are some amazing ideas….
There are many valuable souvenirs that you can buy when you visit Ukraine:
- Petrikivka Painting: This is an art form that marvels. This folk painting was created in Petrikivka of a Dnieper region (that’s a small town). When you visit Ukraine, you can buy spoons, mugs, plates, caskets or other decoration items adorned with Petrikivka Painting. This can be a beautiful gift for family or friends. It is said that Petrikivka Painting is officially protected by UNESCO.
- Vyshyvanka: Obviously, Ukraine has managed to bring the element of the national costume to a new level. A few years ago, embroidery was only a part of the traditions, but today it is worn by the youngsters in Ukraine. Whether created as a shirt or a dress, it is a precious gift that has practical application. It is reported that the most popular designer of Ukrainian Embroidery is Vita Kin. This art form has conquered the world’s fashion weeks as well as the poshest Parisian showrooms.
- Vinok: This is a floral wreath which is a part of the Ukrainian national costume which has spread its influence beyond its traditional dimension. Many colorful items have ribbons and beautiful floral crowns. The full Ukrainian wreath is made of twelve flowers – cornflower, milfoil, cherry blossom, chamomile, chrysanthemum, peony, and so forth.
Ukrainian cuisine is the most delicious cuisine in Eastern Europe.
Ukrainian soups are very healthy. For instance, Borscht is a vegetable soup which is made of cabbage, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, dill and garlic. Since there are more than thirty varieties of Borscht in Ukraine, this soup may have fish or other meat in it. Kapusnyak is a soup made of salo, cabbage & pork and served with sour cream. Rosolnyk is a soup made of pickled cucumbers. Solyanka is a thick soup: It’s spicy and sour – It is made with fish, meat or mushrooms as well as many different vegetables and pickles. Zelenyj borshch is also known as “green Borscht” – it is a broth or water-based soup with vegetables and sorrel – it is served with sour cream and eggs. Yushka is a clear soup which is made from different kinds of fish like bream, carp, ruffe or wels catfish.
How can you forget desserts in Ukraine? No, you can’t. Kutia is a traditional Christmas dish which is made of wheat, poppy seeds, honey, nuts and other delicacies. Pampushky is made of sweet dough which is similar to doughnut holes. Tossed with sugar, this dessert is filled with rose preserve traditionally, yet it can also be filled with other sweet fillings or poppy seeds. Syrnyky is fried quark fritters (with or without raisins). It is served with jam, honey, apple sauce or sour cream. Torte includes a wide variety of cakes such as Trufelnyj, Prazhskyj and Kyjivskyj. They are made without flower. Instead, they are made with ground walnuts or almonds, so this is a healthy choice. Zhele is jellied fruits such as pears and cherries. Sometimes you can even taste chocolate/milk jelly. Varennya is a whole fruit preserve made by cooking fruits such as berries in sugar syrup.
As to Ukrainian beverages, you probably know that non-alcoholic beverages are very popular in Ukraine because most Ukrainian people are very health-conscious. Typical Ukrainian beverages include mineral water (strongly carbonated), Kompot (a sweet drink made of fresh fruits/berries or dried fruits boiled in hot water), Uzvar (a type of sweet beverage made of dried apples, prunes and pears), Kvass (a sparkling beverage brewed from sugar, yeast and dried rye bread), Kefir (milk fermented by both lactobacillus bacteria and yeast – it tastes like yogurt).
“Traveling to Ukraine means experiencing the best in Eastern Europe.”