culture | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

The pungent scent of over-ripe fruit perfumed the air in Panyola, Hungary on the day I arrived. Limbs heavily laden with Nem tudom plums dripped over garden fences or scraped the ground in fields where trees stood in orderly rows. “Almost everyone has a small orchard or at least a few trees in their yard,” said my host, Zsuzsa Méhész. This tiny purple plum is the sole ingredient in Hungarian pálinka, a traditional high-alcohol content fruit brandy that has been produced since the Middle Ages. Villages in the…