The most astounding thing about Armenian food is that it is still organic. That’s why tourists visiting Armenia just can’t stop eating our fruit and vegetables as they are all natural, juicy and tasty and the smell of apricots , peaches or tomatoes won’t leave you indifferent.
They say fruit and vegetable are delicious in Armenia because of the rocky land and the Sun. Armenia is rich with various sorts of fruit like apricot, peach, cherry, apple, fig, pomegranate, grapes, plum, quince, pear.
Armenian food is rich with vegetables, greens and spices too,. Armenians also cultivate wheat, rice, peas, beans, walnut, hazelnut and almonds.
Now just imagine the meals prepared with those tasty vegetables and spices with the greens and herbs. Tourists should try Armenian cuisine while visiting Armenia.
Armenian cuisine is as ancient as the history of Armenia. Our cuisine is a combination of different tastes and aromas, various spices, vegetables, fish, and meat.
The pomegranate, with its symbolic association with fertility represents that nation. The apricot is the national fruit.
Lavash – Traditional Armenian Bread
Armenian cuisine is quite popular with its traditional bread called lavash. It is flat, thin and soft bread that is baked in an underground clay oven tonir and can be dried and kept for quite a long time. It is the most widespread bread in Armenia and no festive table can be imagined without lavash.
Lavash symbolizes life and wisdom. In ancient times, lavash was used during battles as it lasted long and saved the soldiers from starvation. Mothers cooked lavash, dried it and put in the bags of the soldiers.
Tourists never leave Armenia without tasting famous Armenian barbecue or khorovats as locals call it. Barbecue is one of the special foods of the Armenian cuisine.
It’s even hard to imagine a wedding, engagement, baptizing, or other celebrations without having Armenian barbecue on the tables.
Armenian barbecue is completely different from American one; it’s usually made of big cuts of pork, not ground beef, and it is cooked on hot coals after burning a wood fire. Before barbecuing the meat Armenians սsually barbecue eggplants, green pepper and tomato. As vegetable barbecue is ready, men line up the skewers with meat on the grill and wait until they are ready. Meanwhile, women start clean the burnt peel of eggplants, green peppers and tomatoes.
The process of preparing barbecue is very important and it is always made by men, who like to play with fire as they associate it with women’s body. The whole idea is to get together and have a great barbecue picnic on a sunny day as Armenian barbecue is usually made outdoors.
Remember, you should eat Armenian khorovats with hands, not knife and fork, yummy!!!
Every year there Armenian Barbecue Festival is held in Akhtala, Lori province. Last year IBF, WBA and WBC champion Vic Darchinyan participated in the Barbecue Festival and opened the statue of famous Armenian actor Armen Jigarkhanyan. The organizers of the Barbecue Festival aim to raise popularity of Armenian national cuisine at world level. Don’t miss the chance to participate in the upcoming Barbecue Festival in Armenia in September this year.
Harisa is a very delicious Armenian dish, kind of porridge, which is made of boned and stewed chicken and cracked or coarsely ground wheat. Harisa is a national Armenian dish.
Dolma is another traditional dish made of minced meat, rice and spices either wrapped in grape or cabbage leaves or stuffed in green pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, etc.
Khash is quite popular, especially during cold weather early in the morning. It’s a typical Armenian soup made of cow’s legs, served with garlic and dried lavash.
Gata is a famous Armenian cake; it’s dough stuffed with butter and sugar, sometimes crispy, very tasty.
Pakhlava is a very delicious dessert; it’s a sweet pastry with honey and walnut.