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Kiełbasa (properly pronounced in Polish as "kyew-ba-sa", but usually called "kyel-ba-sa" or "k'ba-see" in American English) is the generic Polish word for sausage. Sausage is a staple of Polish cuisine, and comes in dozens of varieties, smoked or fresh, but almost always based on pork. Every region has its own speciality. Popular types include kabanosy (thin, air dried sausage flavoured with caraway seed), krakowska (a thick, straight sausage hot smoked with coriander and garlic - name comes from Krakow), and wiejska (a large U-shaped pork and veal sausage with marjoram and garlic - name meaning "a country one", pronounced in Polish as "vy-ey-ska"). In the USA, "kielbasa" almost always means some form of wiejska (although often not U-shaped and seldom containing veal), which may be fully- or part-smoked or unsmoked.
The world's largest Kielbasa is located in Mundare, Alberta .
'Kielbasa' is also the name of a song by Tenacious D. It contains sexual connotations.
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