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RUSSIA: FOOD

One of the best known foods to come from Russia is caviar.  The most popular type of caviar comes from the eggs of a fish called a sturgeon.  They live mostly in the Caspian Sea.  Beluga is the largest of the sturgeons and it is highly prized for the large size of the eggs.  Caviar is processed by taking the roe (eggs) from the sac by running it over a very fine mesh screen that separates the eggs.  The eggs fall into a bowl and salt is added.  Caviar is shipped to other parts of the world where it is consumed mostly by the rich because it is so expensive.

Potatoes, beets, and cabbage are the staples of the Russian diet.  Most Russians who live outside the city have their own gardens where they grow enough food for their own families.  They sell the rest to the markets in the cities.  Borscht is a traditional Russian soup made with beets, cabbage, and potatoes.  There are many different recipes, some containing meat and some with just the vegetables.

Blinis or blintzes are small Russian pancakes.  They are eaten at almost every meal.

1. Beluga caviar is very expensive because it must be shipped fresh on ice and eaten within a few days.  An average price is $41 an ounce.  A wealthy New York businessman is having a party for 75 people.  If 1 ounce of caviar is allowed per person, how much would the caviar cost?

2. The Petrovs have a plot of land where they grow cabbage, potatoes, and beets.  The ratio of cabbage to beets is 1:5.  The ratio of potatoes to beets is 4:5.  If they harvest 1440 potatoes, how many beets did they harvest?  If they harvest 2750 beets, how many cabbages do they harvest?

3. An average cabbage weighs 3 pounds and a bunch of beets weighs 2 pounds.  Together a truckload of cabbages and beets weighs 3200 pounds.  There is an equal amount of heads and bunches.  How many of each were there?

4. The Gudovs have a farm that is 2.4 km square.  One half of the land is used to grow potatoes and one fourth is used for cabbages.  One eighth is for beets and the rest is for radishes.  What is the area allotted for each vegetable?  Make a circle graph to represent the vegetables on this farm.

Russian Food Solutions

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