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Captcha Challenge - "cabbage borsht" (Borscht, Actually)

Oh, silliness! This Captcha was so goofy, I had to do another Captcha challenge. First of all, it is misspelled (the proper spelling is 'borscht', with a c), and secondly, I've always wondered just exactly what is borscht. I was under the impression that it is a type of soup made from beets and favored in Eastern Europe, but my Serbian friend has never had it (he's been here since he was 12, so maybe that's not surprising). So what does cabbage have to do with it, I wondered? Time to do a little research!

I had a few things right: Borscht is a type of soup that originated in Ukraine and is popular throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Good so far! One of the main ingredients is beetroot, and the other two are cabbage and potato. Ah, so that's where cabbage comes in. Actually, the cabbage is even more important than I realized, because borscht can be made without beetroot, but is never made without cabbage or potato. Hmmm, so the beets get all the glory because of that color, I bet!

Photo of Ukrainian beetroot borscht from Wikimedia Commons (actually, this one is spelled "borschch' on the photo, so maybe it's one of those words whose spelling is just up to interpretation!)

Image Credit » Photo of Ukrainian beetroot borscht from Wikimedia Commons

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valmnz wrote on April 26, 2015, 5:08 PM

Fascinating. For some reason I thought it also had red cabbage, not the usual green variety. Or maybe I'm confusing that with sauerkraut. We certainly get the chance to learn a lot on here!

Gossamer wrote on April 26, 2015, 5:35 PM

I thought the cabbage-only soup was called shchee or shchi or something like that.

carolscash wrote on April 26, 2015, 5:51 PM

I have never heard of it personally so I would not have had any idea as to what was in it. Thanks for sharing with us though.

AliCanary wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:45 PM

It might have red cabbage; I don't think the type was specified. But you raise a good point that the color might not necessarily just come from the beets--I never thought of that!

BrenndaMarie wrote on April 26, 2015, 11:58 PM

I did not even know, it was a soup. thanks for letting me know.

iwrite28 wrote on April 27, 2015, 5:46 AM

I knew it was a kind of soup and because of the name just assumed that it was cabbage. Interesting to know it has potatoes too.