Borsch soup in Ukraine added to Unesco endangered heritage list

The UN’s cultural agency has added the cooking of borsch – a soup usually made with beetroot and potatoes – in Ukraine to its list of endangered intangible cultural heritage. Unesco said the war in Ukraine had “threatened” the cooking of borsch. “Victory in the war for borsch is ours!” Ukraine’s Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said. Russia’s foreign ministry ridiculed the move stating that Russia’s version of the dish has no need of safeguarding. Borsch is a hearty soup, usually coloured red from beetroot – though green and white varieties also exist. While Ukraine considers borsch to be its national dish, it is also widely consumed in Russia, other ex-Soviet countries and Poland. As a result, its origins are contentious.(BBC)