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Apple Compote for the Soul
October 01, 1997

Apple Compote for the Soul

By Yelena Utenkova

During the Soviet years, jam was often called povidlo for ideological reasons. It is even rumored that one government member was given the personal mission of taking the foreign name “dzhem” off the menus of public catering enterprises, replacing it with the more neutral povidlo.

Political Jam
September 01, 1997

Political Jam

By Yelena Utenkova Apple Povidlo is made from crushed, not whole fruit, which is what makes it povidlo, not jam. In the Soviet era, "zhem", a foreign word, was un-p.c. and povidlo had its day.

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