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10 Easter foods from around the world

08 April 2020 12:14

Easter is the perfect excuse for a taste bud tour

Easter is the perfect excuse for a taste bud tour

Move over hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, there's a whole world of Easter treats out there. Why not sample some of the world's most traditional and unusual Easter dishes?

1. Pashka, from Russia

Savoury and dessert are two words that don't often go together, but that's not the case in Russia. This cottage and cream cheese creation is often built in a pyramid-like shape and decorated with dried fruit and the initials XB, meaning "Christ is risen".

2. Torta pascualina, from Argentina

Literally translated this delicacy is known as an Eastertime Tart. The savoury pie features a light pastry and is typically filled with spinach, parsley, ricotta and hard-boiled eggs. The meat free dish is a popular choice during lent.

3. Capirotada, from Mexico

This Mexican dish is full of symbolism; from the cinnamon sticks that are said to represent the cross and cloves that represent the nails, to the braided bread to signify Jesus' body. The sweet bread pudding treat is particularly popular on Good Friday.

4. Chocolate bilbies, from Australia

The indigenous bilby is an endangered species in Australia – a desert-dwelling marsupial and the unlikely candidate to replace chocolate bunnies during Easter. Supermarkets across the country sell the sweet silhouettes with profits dedicated to their conservation.

5. Mämmi, from Finland

The Finn's favourite Easter dessert takes days to prepare. Water, black treacle, rye flour and orange zest combine and are chilled for three to four days before being eaten cold with milk or cream.

6. Colomba di pasqua, from Italy

This dove-shaped food follows the Italian tradition of sweet breads baked for religious holidays (think panettone at Christmas) but is also said to symbolise peace. The Colomba di pasqua is stuffed with candied fruit and sprinkled with almonds and pearl sugar to finish.

7. Iguanas, turtles and rodents, from Columbia

Definitely the most unusual cuisine on our list, restaurants in the South American country serve indigenous green iguanas, slider turtles and large capybara rodents in restaurants over the Easter period.

8. Tsoureki, from Greece

Tsoureki is another meaning-filled food for the Easter season. The braided sweet bread is made of three strands, said to represent the Holy Trinity while boiled eggs, dyed red are said to symbolise Jesus' blood.

9. Butter lambs, from Slovenia

A butter lamb takes pride of place at the dinner table in Slovenia at Easter. Catholic households make young sheep sculpted out of butter to symbolise spring and new life of the season.

10. Fanesca, from Ecuador

A hearty soup filled with grains, beans and bacalao (dry salted cod). The most traditional of fanesca recipes includes 12 kinds of bean to represent the 12 apostles, and cod to symbolise Jesus.

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