How to Buy Flour in Croatia

How to buy flour in Croatia

As a baker, it was difficult to buy flour after arriving in Croatia. It is certainly plentiful enough and can be found in any supermarket. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out which kind to buy.

In the United States, the way flour is classified is much different than it is in Croatia. In Croatia, the German numbering system is used. So if you don’t know what the numbers mean, you have to guess, which is how I ended up with 3 kilos of fine blend flour I won’t ever use.

European Flour Numbering System

To solve the mystery, here is a breakdown of what the numbers mean so you can know exactly what you’re buying.

United StatesGermany/CroatiaFranceItalyCzech RepublicUK
Pastry/cake flour400-5504000Hladká mouka výběrová 00 Patent White
All purpose flour550550Hladká moukaWhite
High gluten (aka bread) flour700-850801Polohrubá moukaLight Brown
First clear flour1100, 16001102Hrubá moukaBrown
White whole wheat1600-1700150Farina integrale di grano teneroPšeničná Krupice 100% Wholemeal

Croatian Flour Vocabulary

In addition to the numbers, here are some other words to know when buying flour.

polu bijelo"pol-oo bee-yell-oh"half white
mješavina za"m-yesh-a-veena za"mixture for..
means it's a premixed flour for goods like pizza, donuts, etc. typically accompanied by a picture
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Expat in Croatia

Sara is an American expat based in Split. After globetrotting between New York, Amsterdam and California, she moved to Croatia in 2012. Sara's blog Expat in Croatia is a guide for foreigners living and traveling in Croatia.