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Foods of Croatia

Updated on April 15, 2018
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Foods of Dubrovnik and other Regions

I live in the most southeastern part of Croatia where the foods are most traditional.

When tourists visit to lovely Croatia they want a taste of all the different foods.

Many people have not yet heard about Croatia but have had of Dubrovnik.

When people catch their first sight of the city, be it from a plane, a car, or ship, the view etches itself into their memory.

  • It surely caught my eye.

The ruins from the war had left Dubrovnik’s Old City in shambles.

Over the years hard work made improved the feature of the beautiful town of Dubrovnik and changed successfully.

  • The foods are spectacular:

Cheeses of Dubrovnik

In the surroundings of Dubrovnik there is a tradition of producing hard sheep milk cheesed formed into small flat cakes.

During the maturing period it is regularly doused with olive oil.

Many Dubrovnik restaurants keep on their shelves in large glass containers stored in olive oil.

Rožata, otherwise known as Creme Caramel is a traditional dessert of Dubrovnik it is made from eggs and caramel.

The Neretva Estuary

The wild, striking features of the Neretva River are so amazing.

The landscape is extraordinary and it draws people to stop by for a simple sandwich.

The ingenious folk of Dubrovnik have demonstrated their abilities in many fields, including gastronomy.

  • Butraga

Butraga is a fish extract, a powerful concentrate of proteins and hormones prepared by drying the roe of the gray mullet.

It is highly valued not only because it is scarce, but because its consumption even in small quantities, boosts life's energies and vitality and therefore, to eat attributed with powerful aphrodisiac properties.

Right in the beginning of August mullet from the Neretva estuary start out on their course for the Pelješac peninsula, always on the same day and always along the same route.

The mullet is thinly sliced and eaten with bread and wine.

Butraga slowly melts in the mouth, releasing waves of powerful flavor and providing a unique experience that is not easily forgotten.

  • Chanterelle

A peasant knows best where to find this type of mushroom.

He would know how to find the edible mushrooms grown in the forests, secretly.

This is limited to about ten varieties that form a part of traditional popular cuisine.

  • Cep known as the Penny bun.

Penny Bun is thought of when one mentions mushrooms in Croatia.

The way the mushroom is shaped and the divine fragrance it has with the majestic cap and for the charming plumpness feature.

The mushroom had always been the gem of Croatia.

There are about thirty similar varieties in the same family and the only one recognizable is the penny Bun.

Some of the mushrooms from the same family have been protected.

Ancient tradition has it that should anyone come across alone Cep you should ask it quietly, ''where is your brother?'' they invariably grow in pairs.

There are several methods used to prepare Penny Bun, in some parts of Croatia the mushroom is served with eggs, a spot of pork fat, some sliced onion. Cep is added and gently cooked. The ingredients are blended and mixed to fry until a soft texture is formed.

  • The Penny Bun soup is another popular delicious recipe.

In this recipe mushrooms of all varieties are used with some vinegar added.

Mushrooms are grilled over hot coals; the Penny bun is the best of all when grilled for the soup.

Simply dipped into melted butter and placed on a grill.

When done they are sprinkled with salt and a few drops of a fine alcoholic beverage and served with rye bread and a slice or two of prosciutto ham gently fried over the fire.

The Penny Bun still remains the best and most high regarded of all mushrooms in Croatia.

  • Olives and olive oil

One of most successful ancient agriculture is the regeneration of olive production.

We have many olive groves over one hundred and fifty some people of orchards of Olive plants like by the thousands.

I enjoy picking olives and producing our own olive oil. It is such a pleasure to have our own Extra Virgin Olive oil and from there I have learned of the benefits of olive oil. It is a most healthy oil to cook with and a teaspoonful of olive oil daily helps fights off the belly fat.

Salt-pickled fish is soaked in olive oil with some vinegar and a few slices of onion.

Marinades made with raw fish in top quality olive oil in particular with anchovies, and sprinkled with the juice of home grown lemons. These are, especially popular in the Split and Zadar region much further away from the Dubrovnik region and from the most southeastern part in the konavle region.

The baking of olives in the old traditional way is to release the bitter elements from the olives.

The olives are baked and are kept in olive gently spiced with Mediterranean herbs, primarily rosemary, and a best way of enjoying the olives.

Also, an old tradition whereby pieces of olive are put into bread dough the result being deliciously piquant bread. Green and black olives are used to produce a spread usually for bread.

I have tried to cook Croatian traditional foods and have not yet mastered most of the recipes.

Goulash is a common meal here that is my most simple dish all foods are simple to make it is just the different cultural approach and I am not able to do with perfection.

Cooking requires time and patience above all passion to make a delicious meal.

A good Fish Paprikash is simple to make and I am good at it.

Many types of fish are cooked in a small cauldron over an open fire but I cook this meal on my stove indoors.

The choices of fish for this meal has only the spine there are no small bones to pick at.

This is a highly regarded meal in the region called Slavonia but is also found in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, and is mainly, prepared on Fridays.

Carp and Trout are among the most common fish eaten in Croatia.

Dried and cured meat is also a traditional food in Croatia.

We ate dry cured salted meat, and I enjoyed the taste but not a kind of food that I would have daily. It is fine for occasional snacks.

I do enjoy eating Croatian foods but it has a huge difference in taste in comparison to the Indian spicy foods.

The many herbs and spices used in Croatian foods are of the mildest and least spiciest.

Black pepper is mostly used for the extra flavor.

Foods vary in each region and are cooked in its own traditional ways.

In each region the different foods are cooked in a unique way and have its own special meaning.

The foods in central Croatia are delicious and tried in the most creative ways.

I enjoy trying different foods the tastes are with great different flavorful spiced with rosemary, bay leaf, mint, Thyme, basil black pepper, garlic and cinnamon.

Rosemary is mostly used to spice lamb, pork, fish, chicken and other foods when cooking. Seafood is included in many cuisines.

Chicken is not much of a favorite food.

Vegetables and fruit are among the top foods in Croatia.

The summer time is filled with many fruit and vegetables giving us a chance to experiment to plant our own greens.

I have experienced a new beginning and trying to keep up with my great challenges in a foreign country.

To preparing the creative foods, facing up to the different people, and in trying to speak the Croatian language and in my daily life.

I go by with positive and happy thoughts and of the support of my good friends and family.

Delicious Foods

Creme Caramel
Creme Caramel | Source
Seafood | Source
Home-made cheeses
Home-made cheeses | Source
Cep, the Penny Bun
Cep, the Penny Bun | Source
chanterelle main ingredient,  muhsrooms
chanterelle main ingredient, muhsrooms | Source
Dried figs, and muscles prepared and grilled fish
Dried figs, and muscles prepared and grilled fish | Source
Rye bread
Rye bread | Source
Prawn and muscles prepared with garlic and rosemary spice.
Prawn and muscles prepared with garlic and rosemary spice. | Source
Butraga | Source
Freshly picked Strawberries
Freshly picked Strawberries | Source
Freshly picked grapes
Freshly picked grapes | Source
Grilled fish, onion for salad and sweet treats
Grilled fish, onion for salad and sweet treats | Source

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mary Norton which part of Croatia will you visit?

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      Mary Norton 

      9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I look forward to sample these mouth watering food.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello, Chitrangada Sharan thank you kindly for sharing a comment here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      The foods of Croatia look yummy and you have provided some great pictures and description about them.

      Well written and thanks!

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Thelma thank you kindly for stopping by

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      Those are mouthwatering foods you have in the photos. Thanks for sharing your culture with us. I have eaten some croatian food in Germany and they were delicious.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader thank you very much for taking the time and sharing your thoughts at my hubs.

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      4 years ago

      Those colorful pictures have my mouth watering. I want to try some of those mushrooms.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      vespawoolf thank you

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      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, this makes me hungry! The rye bread, olive oil and cheese sounds especially delicious. I've also heard that Croatia makes great wine. I hope someday we can visit!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Tolovaj thank you for sharing your comment

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      4 years ago

      I have been in Croatia many times but you still managed to teach me a lot. Thank you and stay positive!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Au fait so nice to read a comment from you I enjoy sharing my experiences thank you kindly and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting. It is surprising that veggies are consumed more than meat.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      I especially enjoy your articles about the food and culture of places you've been, and of course, where you are now. Appreciate your sharing the things you've learned from your experiences.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Suzanne thank you for the vote useful your times and effort is always appreciated

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Great hub, enjoyed the eye candy! I liked the cheeses and Penny Bun the most. Voted useful, thanks for sharing!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello kidscraft, on the coast and in the same continent as Italy also there is an Italian influence of cooking in Croatia thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Susan thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      annart thank you for following me, for the fanmail, and your comments are greatly appreciated. I enjoyed reading your hubs. My best wishes to you.

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      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It looks good, Devika! I am not surprised that there is so much fish in the cooking of Croatia as it is on the Adriatic sea. And because of the location, you must have the same kind of climat as in Italy and that's why you have olive trees as well!

      I am quite curious of trying some of those cheese! They look delicious!

      Great pictures!

      Enjoy your day!

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      4 years ago from India

      Thanks for the tour to Croatia. In fact a yummy tour.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Interesting! Not only is there so much here about the different foods but you've linked it to the regions and told us much about the country too. After all, a country and its food always go together.

      This is a food hub with a difference - not an easy thing to do but you've done it well. All the best to you. Ann

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mel Carriere thank you very much for sharing your kind words here.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you for this delicious tour of Croatia, a place I hope to see someday. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora you are so right about loving it here. Thank you for the vote up.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Faith the Creme Caramel certainly got the attention of many readers and it got my attention when I first came to Croatia most delicious indeed. Thank you for all votes glad to read another interesting comment from you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Alphadogg16 interesting comparison you should make when Indian foods are spicier and has lots of differences to Croatian foods. thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rebeccamealey thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Frank Atanacio foods are tasty and and worth trying in all parts of world.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tobusiness you are so right thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      janshares so nice to see you stop by your comments are so well appreciated thank you for all votes

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AudreyHowitt foods are tasty from all parts of world and that is the main focus on most travels. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CraftytotheCore you are so kind to stop by here, looking for mushrooms with a greater knowledge of the edible kind interesting thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      thelyricwriter thank you very much for the vote up, useful and interesting. My best wishes to you and take care.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thank you and I am sure yo now have more of an idea of what he food is all about.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank as always you make the time to come by at my hubs

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      4 years ago from USA

      Some of this looks delicious, other parts a bit scary to my traditional American palette but I loved the hub ... very interesting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, it is very interesting to find a culture where chicken is not a big deal. I would love it there, because I prefer fish. Altogether, I'll find much to eat. Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful hub here, and now I am so hungry, as it is dinner time here! The food sounds so delicious, and my mouth is watering from that photo of the Creme Caramel!!!

      This hub is very interesting and I enjoyed learning about a new culture and the wonderful foods of your area.

      Up and more and sharing

      Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh my, the caramel thingy really got my attention. The other food looks good too.

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      Kevin W 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting hub DDE, the food does look delicious. I spent a little time in India a couple of years ago and their foods seem to have similarities to Croatia. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I have to agree with Audrey, traveling the world opens up the menu to new cuisine.. this is a wonderful share DDE

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Croatian food look scrumptious! Interesting hub, well done.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Very nice hub, informative, and visually appealing photos. Croatian food looks quite tasty. Surprised to see that chicken is not popular. Thank you, DDE, voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This all sounds wonderful. One of the best things about traveling is the ability to try out new foods I think!

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      4 years ago

      All of this food looks so delicious DDE! I love mushrooms. I love trying new foods from different regions. Here we are big on seafood because I'm on the coast. But when I was a child, my grandfather used to bring me to the woods and we'd hunt for mushrooms. It is certainly a wonderful memory I haven't forgotten.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, awesome and interesting. Great article. This is certainly an area I have very little knowledge on. I'm not big on foods in general but I find it interesting that each country has specific foods and how they differ from food here in America. Crème caramel, now I could do that. It looks great as do other foods you've listed. Great article, very informative. Best to you DDE.

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      4 years ago from USA

      My husband and I recently watched a travel documentary on the foods of Croatia. The seafood sure looks good.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting! Thanks for the education about that culture.


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