Jam important part of Polish breakfast Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Culture

As most of you know, Polish breakfast is definitely not what you are used to eating here in USA. Although eggs are often present, the rest of the breakfast feast usually looks different.

When visiting Poland for the first time, my husband definitely experienced a lot of “firsts”. And breakfast was one of them.

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Breakfast (śniadanie) in Poland, like in many Eastern European countries, is typically a robust and varied spreads. Much of the food is smoked, pickled, or salted. There is tendency toward the hearty—meats, hard-cooked eggs, breads (typically warm, crispy rolls rather than toast), pastries, occasionally hot cereals, pickled fruits and vegetables (often served fresh as well), and jams and jellies. Those meats include cold cuts ( wędliny), and smoked sausages (kiełbasy wędzone), which are often served as sandwiches (kanapki), which are usually open-faced.

Read more about kanapki here:

What is Poland’s favorite sandwich?

Coffee and tea are popular morning drinks. Although at my house it was always tea first and then a cup of coffee after breakfast with a piece of pastry ( kind of like a second breakfast – drugie śniadanie).

But let’s get to the jams!!!

They are amazing, delicious and always present in Polish kitchen!

Jams, conserves and marmalades are eaten by almost  80% of Polish consumers, making it the most popular type of sweet spread eaten in the country. About 75% Poles eat sweet spreads as part of breakfast, making this by far the most popular usage occasion. The second most popular occasion in which sweet spreads are eaten in Poland is in baking at 36% and as a mid morning snack at 36%.

At my parents house it was always  jam (dżem, konfitura) made by my mother, never store bought. Having a big farm with fruit and vegetables definitely helped!

Image by Willfried Wende from Pixabay

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay


My 3 favorite flavors are strawberry, peach and blueberry! How about you?

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Yohai:

    My favorite jam is orange jam – konfitura pomaranczowa.

    Yohai from Israeli