THE PANTRY OF EUROPE
From time to time throughout the centuries, Hungary has acted as a kind of pantry of Europe. Embraced by the Carpathian Basin and blessed with a favourable climate, it is a land that can produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Perhaps the most characteristic types of fruit are the Szatmár plum, Szabolcs apple, Gönc apricot, Káli almond and Őrség pumpkin seed. Hungarian woodlands and meadows are particularly rich in edible mushrooms, which are frequently used in Hungarian dishes, either as ingredients or for seasoning, and there are no fewer than 250 kinds of edible mushrooms to be found in the Carpathian Basin.