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The Museum of Forgotten Flavors

By Linda Tancs

Kolomna is an ancient city about 72 miles from Moscow. In its heyday, it produced a marshmallow-like treat called pastila that gained popularity across Russia. When the town entered a decline in the early 1900s, so did its sweet treats. But thanks to some enterprising women, the old pastila recipes were resurrected from the 18th and 19th centuries in 2009, and the Museum of Forgotten Flavors was born. It’s a living museum where visitors can learn about pastila from actors in period costume and indulge their taste buds at the museum cafe. Originally an apple-based treat, production now includes pastila with pears, lemons, chocolate, strawberries and more.

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