Bulgarian national cuisine is famous for its diversity. It brings together the culinary traditions of Bulgarian people and the best meals of the neighboring Balkan countries.
Anyone who ever visited Bulgaria would keep nostalgic memories of the white Bulgarian cheese, the yoghurt, the spices, and the typical aroma of savory.
Bulgarian cuisine is influenced by the national diversity of the lands and the clearly defined four seasons. Due to the moderate climate, combined with warm wind currents coming from the Mediterranean, Bulgarian famers cultivate fruits, vegetables, and spices – each of them characteristic for its season, and consumed fresh.
Spices are quite important in Bulgarian cooking. Many herbs and spices are used in Bulgarian cuisine – both fresh and dried. Parsley, fennel, hogweed, caw-parsnip, thyme are always present in any Bulgarian kitchen, but the most famous one is savoury.
Hardly a visitor of Bulgaria would remain indifferent to the perfect taste of Bulgarian fruits and vegetables – paprika or tomatoes, ripe apples or sweet grapes. Due to the moderate climate, the fruits and vegetables here have a specific, incomparable taste, and the “shopska salad”, “tarator”, “lyutenitsa” will be recollected long after a visitor has left the country.
There are two specialties, which are considered to be the national pride in culinary art – the yogurt and the white cheese.
Bulgarian yoghurt has unique qualities due to the presence of “lactobacillus bulgaricus”, which can exist and be sustained only in Bulgaria.
The food-list of the Bulgarians is hard to imagine without the cheese, which is served at any one moment of the day – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The taste of Bulgarian cheese compares to nothing else, and this applies to both the white brine-cheese – the so-called sirene and the yellow cheese – kashkaval.
Bulgarian honey is very high quality honey, and its taste and nutritional values are impressive. The country produces many kinds of honey - herbal, pine, acacia, poly-floral. Some herbs are found only in Bulgaria, this makes the honey very unique. Bulgaria also produces very high quality propolis with proven healing powers.