10 May HEMP IN TRADITIONAL CUISINE
Average contemporary Lithuanian not only hasn’t tried but also have not heard about an abundance of hemp dishes in traditional Lithuanian cuisine, that was a holiday and everyday feast for our ancestors. Usage of hemp in cuisine was mostly favored by Samogitians, one of most popular dishes were hemp taboka (spirginė), which was being eaten with potatoes, the following was hemp milk, which is made by pouring water on grinded hemp leaves. Hemp rasalas – hemp milk mixed with grinded herring and onions, even porridge was being boiled from hemp. One more widespread dish is žilginis – grinded hemp seeds are poured with water, well mixed and put on fire, after boiling, salt and onions are added and mixed one more time. Every modern Lithuanian probably heard the name – šiupinys or šiupininė soup, in which hemp was also being added to. Kūčia – this was the most important meal of the holy dinner, dedicated for ancestral spirits. It is made from nuts, apples, poppy seeds and all of it is mixed with miešimas (water sweetened with honey).