Hungaricums - Epic Hungarian food and drinks
Here are some types of food and drink that encapsulate Hungary! They embody the top performance of the Hungarian people. (There are also many non food-and-drink-related Hungaricums)
Pálinka is a generic name for the fiery fruit brandy often distilled by farmers from home-grown plums, apricots and pears. Hungary’s most famous pálinka distilleries can be found in Kecskemét. By law, no additional ingredients are acceptable, except pure water. Really good pálinka is smooth and fruity and has an alcohol content of around 40%. There are hundreds of types of Pálinka, using many different fruits.
Wines of Tokaj
Tokaji Aszú is the name of the wine from the historical wine region of Tokaj-Hegyalja in the northeastern part of Hungary. The region is noted for its sweet wines, made from grapes affected by so-called noble rot. Tokaji Aszú is a world-famous dessert wine from Hungary, also called the "king of wines, wine of kings", and sure enough, the greatest kings and queens of Europe really did commission this unique drink back in History. Tokaji is the only wine in the world that is mentioned in its nation's national anthem.
According to legend, Unicum was initially presented to Kaiser Joseph II of Austria, who proclaimed “Das ist ein Unikum!” (This is a specialty!) Today the liqueur, aged in oak casks, is produced by the Zwack Company according to a secret formula including more than 40 herbs. Unicum is a special, bitter, alcoholic liqueur made with herbs and spices that Hungarians swear by as an aid to digestion, among many other things.
Goose liver or "foie gras"
Hungary is the world's second-largest foie gras or "Libamáj" producer and the largest exporter. Goose liver is part of traditional Hungarian cuisine and a must-try when visiting the country. The goose liver of Orosháza is a number one gift gourmet tourist take away. Really good goose liver is maybe expensive, but surely an unforgettable experience.
“Winter” Salami of Szeged
Made from pork and spices, winter salami is cured in cold air and is slowly smoked. During the dry ripening process, a special noble-mould is formed on the surface of the product. For more than 130 years the Pick Company in Szeged has been creating unique flavours and unforgettable treats with its top-quality products. Pick Winter Salami is the company's most famous product. It is a real delicacy! Available at any supermarket or grocery store in Hungary.
This was invented in the 1960's by a small group of dairy industry professionals inspired by a study trip to Moscow. They came up with a unique new product - a dark chocolate bar filled with lemony cottage cheese. The "pöttyös" (literally spotty) theme was part of the original marketing campaign, but now it's a uniquely recognisable brand of this dessert. It has a lot of variants, like extra-large, milk chocolate-covered, apricot and strawberry jam filled, and so on, but none of these are as popular as the original. In foreign countries you may find it under the brand name "Dots".
These are just a few pieces from a long Hungaricum-list, when you are in Hungary you will hear about the rest for sure. Must try all of them! You cannot leave the country without taking home some of these treasures. Find out more about the Hungaricums on the UNESCO World Heritage Site: http://whc.unesco.org
based on studyinhungary.hu