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Zoe refers to Ghanas' small round snacks which is about the size of a golf ball made from corn meal mixed with peanut butter, ginger and hot pepper.

Zivania refers to the traditional alcoholic beverage which has been produced for centuries in Cyprus by distillation, and has played an important role in the everyday life of Cypriots. Zivania is a strong drink, high in alcoholic content which according to tradition (also adopted by the 1998 Regulations for the Control of Zivania) it is a distillate produced only from grapes. Since 2004, Zivania has been protected under EU regulations as a product unique to Cyprus and as such cannot be produced in any other country or marketed under that name. Zivania is characterized by its typical taste and aroma. It is colorless and it has a pleasant alcoholic content with light aroma of raisins. The typical alcohol content is 45% by volume. It is a pure drink that contains no sugars and has no acidity. Zivania is produced from pomace, the residue of grapes that were pressed during the winemaking process mixed with high-quality dry wines, all produced from the local grape varieties of Cyprus. Zivania is exclusively produced by the distillation of the two indigenous varieties, namely Mavro and Xynisteri. Zivania may also be produced by other, either local or imported varieties, but the variety used must be distinctively indicated on the label, for example as Zivania Cabernet or Zivania Maratheftiko.

Zrig refers to unsweetened, curdled camel’s (or goat) milk which is a common and popular drink in Mauritania that mostly accompanies meals. Mauritania is in northern Africa between Mali and the Atlantic Ocean.

Z'hug or Zhug refers to a condiment or a spicy relish made from a mixture of ground green chilis, red chilis and red peppers pounded together with parsley, cilantro, coriander leaves and seeds, caraway seeds, garlic, cardamom, cumin, olive oil and lemon juice to make a paste. Z'hug is used to flavor almost all types of Yemen dishes.

Zebeda refers to a sour fresh butter in Morocco; a cooking fat used to flavor Morocco's dishes.

Zacusca refers to a very popular dish from Romania that is made of vegetables usually prepared during autumn and served during winter Zacusca consist of the (main ingredients) are eggplants, red peppers and onions; depending on who cooks it, Zacusca are available different versions containing, besides the main ingredients, ingredients such as tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, olives etc.; it can be either home made or commercially available. Zacusca is often eaten after spreading it on a piece of bread;

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