A traditional Russian meal consists of fish, potatoes, vegetables and bread. Borscht, a soup made from beets, is a well-known traditional Russian food.
Tea and tea ceremonies are an important part of Russian culture. Samovars are Russian tea water heaters. The samovar keeps the tea water hot, and then a spout is used to pour the hot water into a tea cup. In Russian, the word samovar means “boils itself”.
Russian tea ceremonies make tea from a tea concentrate called zavarka. A small amount of zavarka is first added to a cup along with hot water from the samovar.