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Prior to starting this blog the only thing I knew about Montenegro was that it means black mountain. There is more than one mountain. They have 63 over 1,800 metres and that's just the tall ones! Montenegro is also home to the largest canyon in Europe and they had their own Alcatraz in the form of Grmožur, so in your face 'merica.

Montenegrin dishes have Italian, Turkish, Croatian and Hungarian influences. Expect bread and lots of it, it is served with every meal apparently, not sure how this would work with dessert, but there you go. Lamb, fish, veal, quinces, soups and plenty of dark thick Turkish coffee. Raštan a leafy green of the cabbage family is one of the more unusual vegetables to make an appearance on the Montenegrin table as are nettles.

One dish has me baffled though, a chowder called otkos čorba. All translations I have seen indicate that it is made from cut hay, if any Montenegrins happen to stumble upon this page then please do explain what it is as we’d like to give it a go.

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AT A GLANCE

POPULATION: 621,383 (2013 World Bank)
CAPITAL: Podgorica
LANGUAGE/S: Montenegrin
AREA: 13,812 km2

HOW DO YOU SAY?

HELLO Bok
PLEASE Molim
THANKS Hvala
CHEERS Živjeli
BON APPETIT Dobar tek
GOODBYE Zbogom

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