Savoring Easter, a joyous and celebratory time observed by billions of people globally, brings with it a myriad of traditions, customs, and, of course, delectable cuisines. While many associate Easter with chocolate eggs and bunnies, the holiday holds a rich tapestry of culinary delights unique to different regions and cultures. In this gastronomic journey, we’ll traverse the globe to uncover the diverse array of local cuisines worth savoring during the Easter holiday season.

Europe

Italy: La Pasquetta and Traditional Easter Dishes

  • In Italy, Easter is celebrated with great fervor and culinary splendor. From north to south, each region boasts its own specialties. In Rome, the iconic dish is Abbacchio alla Romana, a succulent roast lamb flavored with garlic and rosemary. Neapolitans indulge in Casatiello, a savory bread studded with cheese and cured meats. La Pasquetta, or Easter Monday, is marked by picnics featuring delicacies like Torta Pasqualina, a savory Easter pie from Liguri.

Europe

  1. Greece: A Feast of Lamb and Sweet Treats
    • Greek Easter, or Pascha, is deeply rooted in tradition and culinary customs. The centerpiece of the feast is often lamb, roasted on a spit or in the oven and seasoned with herbs like oregano and thyme. Tsoureki, a sweet bread flavored with orange zest and topped with almonds, is a staple Easter treat. Red-dyed eggs, symbolizing Christ’s blood and resurrection, are cracked in a traditional game of tsougrisma.
  2. Spain: Semana Santa and Delicious Delicacies
    • Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a time of solemn processions and elaborate feasts across Spain. In regions like Catalonia, Mona de Pascua, a sweet bread adorned with hard-boiled eggs, is a popular Easter treat. In Andalusia, traditional dishes like Potaje de Vigilia, a hearty chickpea and spinach stew, are enjoyed during Lent. For dessert, Torrijas, a Spanish version of French toast, is a decadent indulgence.

Delicious Delicacies

North America

  1. United States: Easter Ham and Southern Comfort Food
    • In the United States, Easter traditions vary from region to region. However, one consistent feature is the Easter ham, glazed and baked to perfection. Southern states like Kentucky and Virginia embrace their culinary heritage with dishes like Deviled Eggs, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Sweet Potato Casserole. For dessert, classics like Carrot Cake and Lemon Meringue Pie reign supreme.
  2. Mexico: Semana Santa and Flavorful Feasts
    • In Mexico, Semana Santa is a time of religious devotion and culinary celebration. Throughout the week, families gather to enjoy traditional dishes like Bacalao a la Vizcaína, a savory cod stew. Capirotada, a bread pudding infused with cinnamon and piloncillo, is a beloved Easter dessert. Street vendors offer seasonal delights like Empanadas de Cuaresma, filled with sweet fillings like pineapple and guava.

Flavorful Feasts

South America

  1. Brazil: Easter Eggs and Festive Feasts
    • In Brazil, Easter is a time for family gatherings and indulgent meals. Chocolate eggs, filled with brigadeiro or dulce de leche, are a popular Easter treat. Traditional dishes like Bacalhau à Brás, a flavorful cod and potato dish, are enjoyed alongside sides like Couve à Mineira, sautéed collard greens. For dessert, Pudim de Leite, a creamy caramel flan, is a sweet finale to the feast.
  2. Argentina: Asado and Easter Empanadas
    • Argentineans celebrate Easter with a blend of traditional and modern culinary delights. Asado, a barbecue featuring cuts of beef, lamb, and chorizo, is a quintessential Easter meal. Easter Empanadas, filled with savory ingredients like ham and cheese, are a favorite snack during the holiday. Alfajores, delicate cookies filled with dulce de leche and coated in chocolate, provide a sweet ending to the celebrations.

Sweet Treats

Asia-Pacific

  1. Philippines: Salo-salo and Sweet Treats
    • In the Philippines, Easter is a time for family gatherings and lavish feasts known as salo-salo. Traditional dishes like Lechon, a whole roasted pig, take center stage at Easter celebrations. Local delicacies like Bibingka, a coconut rice cake, and Puto Bumbong, a purple rice cake steamed in bamboo tubes, are enjoyed throughout the holiday season.
  2. Australia: Seafood Feasts and Hot Cross Buns
    • Down under, Australians celebrate Easter with a unique blend of tradition and innovation. Seafood feasts featuring prawns, oysters, and fish are a popular choice for Easter lunch. Hot Cross Buns, spiced sweet buns marked with a cross, are a ubiquitous Easter treat. For dessert, Pavlova, a meringue-based dessert topped with fresh fruit, is a refreshing finale to the meal. j

Easter lunch

Conclusion: Savoring Easter

Easter is a time of joy, renewal, and culinary exploration. From the lamb roasts of Greece to the chocolate eggs of Brazil, each region offers its own unique interpretation of the holiday feast. Whether you’re savoring traditional dishes passed down through generations or indulging in modern culinary creations, Easter is a celebration of food, family, and the rich tapestry of global cuisine.

So this holiday season, why not embark on a culinary journey around the world and experience the diverse flavors of Easter? Come to Melili hotel in South C of Nairobi and enjoy amazing local cuisines in this Easter season.