The Uyghurs are Turkic people from Central Asia. Unlike their nomadic neighbors, the Uyghurs have had a settled civilization for more than millennia. The Uyghur homeland is situated at the crossroads of the Eurasian continent, and it has absorbed all the civilizations that passed along the ancient Silk Road, creating a diverse and rich culture. Uyghur cuisine reflects the tastes of the many peoples who have passed through these lands, from Turkey to Persia to East Asia.