The staple foods in Ukraine are dairy products, breads, and vegetables. Corn on the cob is popular in Ukraine, which is unusual for Europe. The most liked meats are pork and beef, but poultry, sausages and preserved meats are widely enjoyed.
The most popular dishes in Ukraine are based on cereal grains and flour pastes, based on buckwheat, oats and millet. Common dishes include dumplings "varenyky", cabbage leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice.
Cooked or baked cereal is called "kasha". Chicken Kiev is an internationally known dish, and "borsch" is a common accompaniment. There are several variations according to region. Fresh produce is available in summer, but very expensive during winter.