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Fresh scandal with borsch: Google called the dish Russian, but quickly corrected

Top-10 of the most famous Russian dishes, which included borscht, appeared on the Google Arts & Culture platform in the project "Raskusi Rossii". Later the material was corrected, writes "New Time".

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Project created jointly with the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation. At first, the material in the Russian Google blog was called “10 Russian dishes that have gone down in history”. The fifth point was devoted to borscht.

“The history of borscht goes back centuries, but in the twentieth century this simple and hearty soup became the main dish on the menu of establishments from Khabarovsk to Brest,” the text said.

Later the name of the material was changed to “10 dishes that influenced Russian cuisine”.

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We also changed the description of borscht:

"The history of borscht goes back centuries, but in the twentieth century this hearty soup became the main dish on the menu in cafes in several countries, including Russia."

The mention of different types of borscht in the blog was left as follows:

“Cookbooks have a variety of options, including Ukrainian borscht (with garlic and grated bacon), Moscow-style borscht (with different types of meat - bacon, sausages, and boiled beef), and even naval borscht (with red pepper and smoked pork) ".

Also, the new version says that “over time, new ingredients appeared in the recipes that replaced the cow parsnip, and the name“ borscht ”became collective for different soups with a sour taste."

Minister of Culture Alexander Tkachenko in his Telegram channel said that in the Russian Federation "again wishful thinking."

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He wrote that borscht is an ethnic Ukrainian dish and that Ukraine pushed borscht to be included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List:

“Raskusi Russia also invites foreigners to go on a gastronomic tour of Russia. Interestingly, will there be tours to the captured South Ossetia for pies? Or to the annexed Crimea - for the dishes of the persecuted Crimean Tatars? Or to the captured parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where they cook wonderful borscht? "

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • The "borscht war" began in 2019, when a Russian government Twitter account wrote that borscht is "one of the most famous and beloved dishes and symbols of traditional Russian cuisine."
  • The statement sparked outrage on social media. Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine wants to obtain UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status for a dish.
  • He added fuel to the fire with the Michelin restaurant guide, which this year begins to evaluate Moscow restaurants. In the company's press release mentioned borscht and called it a Russian dish... The Ukrainian Embassy in France reported that Michelin apologized for this publication.
  • This is far from the first time that countries have an appetite for conflicts over national dishes. Here's another several heated debates about the origin of the most famous dishes and foodstuffs.

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