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Polish Autumn Foods

03 Oct 2019
This time of year, it's with a slight frown we put away our summer clothes and haul out the clothing our elders prefer us to wear to stay snug as a bug in a rug. That frown is quickly turned upside down as we realise it's no bad thing at all, as in fact, we really quite like the autumn season, and not just because of all the activities associated with it, mentioned in our Autumn Vibes feature, but for the awesome food. Polish food already has a top reputation in our book, one which we like to big up as much as possible, but the great thing about the region is that whether at home or in restaurants, what you can expect on the table comes and goes with the seasons, and autumn is pretty special in that regard.

So what can you expect in Autumn?

 
First and foremost: a whole variety of mushrooms! It's hard to find a Pole who doesn't at least know the name of a few mushroom types, the most popular being 'Boletus edulis' (PL: Borowik Szlachetny) or 'Chanterelles' (PL: Kurki), but there are those who actively spend their time picking them in woods and forests.
 
More than just food - mushroom picking is a Polish pastime!
Photo: AdobeStock

Freshly picked, all shapes and sizes, they're great in main meals, soups, and key to another Polish pastime: pickling. All those summer fruits and vedges are pickled, or turned into jams! From pumpkin to zucchini, it's pickled! And from apple, quince, pear, to cherry, Poles turn them into jam!
 
More jams than you can eat! Photo: Pixabay/Labenord



​If that's not enough, there are those who even make their own liquers (PL: nalewka) from fruits and pine syrup. Yum. Other seasonal ingredients come from game animals such as boar, venison, pheasant and duck. The season has something for everyone, whether you're carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, you won't miss out. Our Polish restaurants section is the perfect place to try out some autumnal cuisine, and special mention, in no particular order goes to AleGloriaZapiecek, Zoni, U Fukiera, Różana, Merliniego, Grand Kredens, Czerwony Wieprz, Folk Gospoda, Gościniec, Dom Polski, Elixir, Dawne Smaki and PAM PAM.
 
Homemade liquers (nalewki). Photo: Wikipedia/Halibutt


 

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