The hardest way was taken by potato to the Rus. Even the most educated people of the XIX century thought of it with dread. However with the time, potato from “uncalled” guest became the host on the Rusian table. Potato is not so rich in vitamins as other vegetables, but in the early spring it is the principal source of the vitamin C. Potato possesses medical characteristics, fresh potato slices are put on burn places of skin, potato steam is breathed in to clear the respiratory. As to the kitchen, here, potato is the unique product from which almost any dish can be done (appetizers, soups, main dishes, sweets) and which can be combined with meat, vegetables, fish, dairy and mushrooms in a delicious way.
The important part on the Russian table was taken by cucumbers, carrot, radish, tomatoes and pumpkin that brought in a unique diversity in the folk menu, especially during fasts.