A Guide to Slovenian Cuisine

Although it’s a pretty small country, your Slovenia holiday will show off just how diverse traditional food and drink can be. With both the Alps and the Adriatic Sea within its borders, Slovenia’s cooking features flavours that have evolved over centuries of living off the land and working in harmony with nature.

You’re in for a treat when you visit Slovenia, especially at mealtimes. Take our recommendations in mind during your trip, and you’re sure to enjoy the finest flavours in the land.

Rustic charm

It’s pastries, big old bangers and rich crumbly cakes that make up much of Slovenia’s most traditional food. The influences of Germanic cuisine are clear to see, but with some twists brought in from Italy and the wider Mediterranean.

That influence is felt perhaps most strongly in the Karst region, which extends from the southwest of Slovenia into the northeast of Italy. A grand fusion of flavours can be found here, felt most markedly in the smoked hams and cured meats that this region produces. The rich flavours are the result of patient preparation and treatments refined over generations.

A hearty soup is also the order of the day on many a Slovenian dining table. To many Slovenians, the national soup is prezganka, which is made of flour, caraway seeds and eggs. It has a rich brown colour and tastes a little different from north to south, where different family twists on the recipe have emerged.

Grains and goodies

After dinner delights

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