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Dubrovnik has always been famous for its unmatched historic beauty, and more recently for serving as a location for the Game of Thrones television series. But many don’t know how one plant ruled the former republic long time ago. Like sweet oranges, the bitter orange (Citrus aurantium L) originated in northeast India, Burma and China. They are quite similar, but bitter orange has substantially higher acidity and a characteristic aroma of ground leaves. The bitter orange tree was first used as a decoration in city and aristocratic gardens, then later in villages in Dubrovnik. Apart from the beauty of the tree, the bitter orange was valued for its usefulness. Dubrovnik gelatin was unimaginable without its juice. Its peel was candied as arancini and made into pastries. Homemade marmalade and liqueurs were common household items, and local cakes with bitter orange are widely renowned. The juice was also used for cooking pork, and the leaves can be cooked into a soothing decoction. The Croatian Festival of Jams and Marmalade emerged from DEŠA’s original project, giving yet another point of historical interest to the city during the tourist season. It primarily serves as a venue for the representation of small family farms from rural areas, but also acts as a cultural event, encapsulating tradition, customs and authentic crafts and transforming them into unique gastronomic souvenirs. One more event is Bitter Orange Day, the goal of which is further promotion of the Dubrovnik orange. Its humanitarian character is one more reason to visit famous Festival of St. Vlaho in February.
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Udruženje za mir i ljudska prava „Baranja"

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions Paprika Baranjka: Paprika for S...
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Paprika Baranjka was created by Association Baranja and their partners as result of the project to educate and enable women in Beli Manastir to produce paprika. Around twenty women participated in the project and received the certificate for production. They plant, harvest, grind and package their product. Package was designed by Modra nit, founded by Association Slap from Osijek, organization engaged in social entrepreneurship. “This paprika is traditional Baranja product grown on Baranja soil and also a part of Baranja’s identity. It’s connected with good food and it was a logical choice for souvenir”, said Jasna Petrović, project manager from Association Baranja. This is how Paprika Baranjka become the first official souvenir of Baranja.
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Harissa

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Where the Spice Is So Nice
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Harissa Spice Store features not only more than 150 varieties of herbs, spices and traditional blends, but also 100 or so varieties of loose leaf teas, plus accessories such as mortar and pestles, pepper mills, teapots and other tea infusing devices. Owners Ana-Marija Petrić and Matija Paskaš are passionate about cooking and travel, and every destination they’ve visited has revealed a new flavor. Now they’re bringing all of those flavors home to Zagreb to share. Whether it’s a Madras curry, Jamaican jerk seasoning, or any of a variety of pure, whole peppers, chiles and aromatics you need, Harissa has you covered. Or, perhaps you’re looking for pure Chinese Gunpowder Green or Japanese Genmai Cha tea? You now have a place to go in Zagreb.
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Grga Čvarak

Central Croatia
Last impressions Family Farm Produce Next Door
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Finally, a much needed shop in the housing development area in west Zagreb appeared, and it is looking very good. Grga Čvarak sells all kinds of produce from Croatian family farms, including fresh dairy products, fruits and veggies, bread and meat. Clean, green, sustainable and organic is written all over it. Unlike similar shops in the downtown area, it is not aimed at tourists, so the prices are quite normal. And the staff is very friendly and attentive.