GOOD PRACTICES OF THE TRENČÍN REGION
TRADITIONAL PLUM PRODUCTS
MYJAVA REGION & BOŠÁCA VALLEY
Link of our ancestors with nature and their effort to effective use of its fruits stay at the beginnings of more local gastronomic specialities. Extraordinary good conditions for planting plum trees in the region between Trenčín and Myjava were used in making of products from this tasty fruit.
Quality of plums from the Myjava Region was known already in the era of Austria-Hungary, when local farmers exported them even to imperial Vienna.Time-consuming cooking of sweet plum jam was a domain of women, while production this popular strong alcoholic beverage – legendary slivovica (plum gin) – was linked mainly with men. Both products were of a high importance for traditional society, although they were preferred on different occasions.
The basis for production of a plum jam as well as plum gin (slivovica) were traditional varieties of plums, mainly Bystrica plum („bystrička“), which is sometimes replaced by other varieties in the present. It´s not surprising that slivovica from the Bošáca and Myjava Regions belong to Slovak alcoholic beverages of top quality.