When it comes to Georgian cuisine, local people like to tell the story about God having a trip on the Greater Caucasus mountains and dropping his lunch here. That’s why, they say, Georgian cuisine is very rich and tasteful.
Features: spicy, savory, nourishing; organic farming/agriculture is the most common amongst the local farmers
Meat dishes: ox, beef, mutton, pork, lamb
Poultry dishes: chicken (mostly)
Vegetables and fruit: everything that can be grown in soil/on a tree/a bush; everything that your soul wants – and just a little bit extra
Other: plenty of homegrown herbs, homemade spices, unique sauces and dressings
Some of the “must-try” dishes in Georgia:
– Khachapuri. A very popular cheese-filled homemade bread (sometimes with a cottage cheese instead of a cheese), can be cooked with different toppings (egg, parsley, dill, other herbs). Served with every meal (instead of a usual bread).
– Khinkali. Minced, spiced meat (usually ox or pork) in a dumpling of an enormous size, served in enormous quantities. Eaten with hands only.
– Mtsvadi. Grilled chunks of marinated pork or veal on stick, with onions.
– Chanakhi. A dish of lamb stew with tomatoes, aubergines, potatoes, greens and garlic. Can be served both as soup and as main course.
– Chakhokhbili. A dish of a tarragon-infused spicy beef soup and stewed chicken with fresh herbs. The name comes from the Georgian word KHOKHOBI which means “pheasant”.
– Pkhali. A vegetarian dish of various kinds of chopped and minced vegetables. Cabbage, eggplant, spinach, beans, beets, combined with ground walnuts, vinegar, onions, garlic and herbs.
– Lobio. A vegetarian dish of various kinds of prepared beans, spiced with coriander, walnuts, garlic and onion. Can be prepared both cold and hot. Some hot varieties though may contain meat. So it is better to ask before ordering.
Of course, there is much more to try. Georgians truly believe that to be able to taste everything from their cuisine one has to spend all his life in Georgia tasting something new every day.
It is very easy to get an organic food in Georgia. In fact, everything you eat there is organic. For example, Georgians will never make butter or cheese artificially, using some modified elements. It is just beyond their understanding. And due to their rich soils and sun, all vegetables and fruit are organic. The only demand to vegetables and fruit – wash them thoroughly before eating.