Montenegro itself is a hidden gem of Europe, so the mountainous north of the country is the ultimate adventure off the beaten track. And the gastro-route Mountain Bounty allows for an even more special experience. It combines the unique and amazing food of the region and allows travelers to connect with the locals. A truly amazing combination.
After all, meeting locals and staying at their unique homes allows you a deeper understanding of the country and the local lifestyle. And in addition to that, this sustainable approach to traveling also supports the locals and their way of life. It makes the gastro-route Mountain Bounty the perfect trip for everyone that wants to use traveling as a chance to educate themselves.
The gastro-route Mountain Bounty is the ultimate adventure away from the crowds. As you explore the area and visit some of the many gastro points, you get to eat traditional, organic dishes of the mountain regions of Montenegro that are cooked by locals based on recipes that have been passed down for generations.
The local families will teach you how to prepare the local food so you can recreate the savory dishes once you are back home. Additionally, exploring the gastro-route Mountain Bounty allows you to follow the food from its place of origin to the plate and to have a hand in the process of growing and collecting the ingredients.
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In recent years, eco-tourism has become increasingly more popular as people are looking for unique experiences that go beyond the scope of merely touring popular cities. And is it obvious why these experiences are gaining popularity. After all, they allow for a more vivid and personal experience.
And the north of Montenegro is the perfect destination if that is what you are looking for. If you decide to engage in this sustainable way of rural travel in this mountainous environment, you will have locals that are happy to show you the nature and get to engage with the traditional lifestyle. And at the end of the day, you eat organize traditional Montenegrin meals with organic ingredients. The Mountain Bounty gastro-route is a perfect example of sustainable tourism in Montenegro and you are bound to love it!
What makes the mountainous north of Montenegro so special
Montenegro’s north is full of mountains and stunning landscapes that every traveler should explore. And it is due to this landscape and the area’s history, that the food of this area of Montenegro is different than in other parts of the country.
The gastro-route connects the rural north of Montenegro and covers an area that includes three wonderful national parks. Therefore, it is incredibly easy to combine stays with local families when visiting Biogradska Gova, Prokletije, and Durmitor National Park. It allows you to explore the stunning nature of the country and the biodiversity of the area all while enjoying some of the best traditional dishes in the entire country.
The food of Montenegro’s north is a perfect mixture of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. None of these fantastic traditional dishes can be found outside of the homes of locals, which makes the gastro-route Mountain Bounty so much more special. If you visit the homes of locals and engage with them, you learn a lot through food, so it is an incredible and worthwhile activity even if you have already explored the mountains of Montenegro.
It is the perfect place to enjoy the local cuisine and something no one should miss out on even if they are not a foodie. So explore Montenegro off the beaten track and get to eat all the amazing traditional organic dishes of the mountainous north.
Gastro Points along the gastro-route Mountain Bounty
There are many great gastro points along the gastro-route Mountain Bounty. All of them are located in eleven towns all over the incredible and mountainous Montenegro. All of the gastro points are amazing and offer a lot, but it would be impossible to include all of them in a single post. So be sure to take a look at all the different stops on the Mountain Bounty website.
It is a great idea to try at least one dish in two households that are a part of the gastro-route. After all, every family adds their own twist to the recipes which creates unique tastes. It is the wonderful thing about non-industrialized production: every single homemade dish represents the history and life of one family.
As you join local families in their daily lives, a reservation is required. Otherwise, your visit would disrupt the local way of life and you would not be able to have the experience you want. So be sure to contact the local families you will visit during your trip in advance to arrange everything.
Exploring the many gastro points in the area is a must-do for everyone that wants to travel in a sustainable way and that wants to do more than the normal touristic things Montenegro has to offer.
Household Vukadinović in Mojkovac
This family farm is located high on a mountain and offers amazing views over the other nearby mountain peaks. The family grows organic fruits and produces juice without additives.
The property of the Vukadinović household has a rich history itself. After all, it is the location where the Mojkovak battle took place during the first World War. A battle in which at least one member of every local family fought, which makes it a large part of the local history. Therefore, this farm of the Vukadinović household is the perfect place to learn more about the history of the area and its people.
And in addition to all these amazing things that make this gastro point along the gastro-route Mountain Bounty great, it is also possible to hike and bike in the surrounding area. Those visiting in winter can tour the beautiful area with skis or snowshoes.
Those wishing to stay with the Vukadinović household have the option to stay at one of the two log cabins on the property.
Household Feratović in Budovice, Plav
The Feratović lives in Budovice and the family’s property is the perfect place if you want to learn more about the organic food and unusual varieties of traditional fruits. After all, they have specialized in fruit growing. The oldest family member is a former agronomist and he is happy to teach interested visitors a lot about the local food and their unusual varieties such as yellow raspberries.
Enjoy the amazing homemade food after touring the property guided by the family and try the jams, juices, sweets, and compotes they make themselves.
In addition to that, the property of the Feratović household has a fantastic view over Plavsko Lake. You can spend a night at the amazing property of the family. Imagine seeing the sun set over the lake and the mountain backdrop! Or biking or hiking in the area.
Life in the mountainous north of Montenegro
Life in the mountains of Montenegro has a certain timelessness and it is hard to imagine the area without the mountains that forged the people and their lives. Therefore, there is an undeniable connection between the mountains and the people. A connection that can only be truly understood if you take the time to get to know the people as you explore the gastro-route Mountain Bounty and discover the secrets of this amazing area.
In this remote area of the country, life is determined by the seasons and the weather. Therefore the region has a long history of organic farming and people are incredibly hard working. To this day, women have a very strong role in the region and contribute in large parts to making this rough environment liveable.
Many people of the mountainous regions of Montenegro used to live in poverty. A fact that is reflected in the local cuisine. Due to the scarcity of resources, the locals had to get creative when cooking. Therefore, a lot of wild ingredients that were collected in the forests and meadows were added to the mountainous cuisine.
On average, 90% of the food made in the region consists of what the people of these rugged mountains produced themselves. And as everything is grown organic, the available products depend on the season. Most food cooked in the area is strong and high-calorie. Something that used to be crucial due to the harsh weather in the mountains.
Traditional Recipes of Montenegro’s north
These two recipes are just a very small selection of the many traditional dishes of the mountain regions of Montenegro. And if you already like them after reading about the food, you will love the homemade food you will eat as you explore the gastro-route. The food of the region is amazing as every single dish is a reflection of the traditions, history, and culture of the region.
Priganicas are a Montenegrin symbol of being welcome. These delicious staples of the local cuisine are usually served with honey or homemade jam. There are different recipes, but those containing fruit brandy tend to be softer and bubblier, which makes them especially amazing.
1. Add the sugar and a little bit of salt to a small amount of lukewarm water. Dissolve the yeast in it.
2. Now pour the activated yeast, the brandy and the rest of the salt into the flour.
3. Slowly add the remaining water (lukewarm) while stirring the dough.
4. Let the dough rise and mix occasionally.
5. Shape balls with a spoon.
6. Deep-fry the priganicas until they turn yellow.
7. Serve the priganicas with honey or jam.
Nettle porridge is a tasty treat that has roots in the hard times that people of the mountainous Montenegro experienced in the past. After all, some say that it was nettles that saved the country from starvation. Traditionally nettles porridge is made with a special tool called a ‘brkljica’. A kitchenware that you will be able to see in action as you explore the gastro-route Mountain Bounty.
For this dish, it is crucial that the nettles are picked while they are still young. Meanwhile, other traditional Montenegrin dishes are made with older nettles.
Explore the gastro-route Mountain Bounty
If you love exploring rural areas that are off the beaten track all while getting a more personal experience, the gastro-route Mountain Bounty is perfect for you. Find out more about the individual gastro points in the beautiful mountainous northern Montenegro on the official Mountain Bounty website.
It is also the place where you can find many more amazing recipes of the traditional organic Montenegrin cuisine. So be sure to browse the collection of recipes and to prepare at least one of them at home while you plan your trip along the gastro-route Mountain Bounty!
That way you will be able to see how much more amazing these already great dishes are when they are cooked the traditional way and with the great organic ingredients of Montenegro’s mountains.
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