History of Ukrainian Salo

It is believed that the interest to Salo in Ukraine increased in the XVI century when the raids of Tatars and Turks from the Ottoman Empire became more frequent in the Slavic territories. To prevent the stealing of cattle, the Cossacks came up with a clever trick: they took advantage of the religious features and the gastronomic preferences of the attacking Muslims. They started to breed only pigs. The interest of the robbers did not extend to them — according to the Koran, pork meat is considered unclean and prohibited for consumption.

Thereafter, fat became very popular. To survive without cows and sheep, large quantities of meat were required, Salo was a great solution at that time and was perfectly stored. Sharp-witted Ukrainians, noticing the religious horror of Muslims before lard rubbed them even other products so that the smell of pork scared off the invaders. Even special greasy clothes were made. By hanging this in front of the cellar, the Ukrainian could guarantee to protect his cellar with food supplies from the invasion of Muslims. As a result, even after the Tatar raids, Salo remained a symbol of Ukrainian cuisine.

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