Armenian fruits are definitely one of those things which come to your mind while imagining this wonderful country.
Armenia is known for its sunny climate and fertile soil. You will meet various fruits and vegetables in Armenia.
Yeah, it’s out of any suspicion, Armenia is the country where the tastiest and juiciest fruits are grown. Some of them are typically Armenian fruits, others are met in other countries as well, though they’ll probably be different in taste depending on the climate.
So, here are some Armenian fruits you should try!
Extremely Important Advice to Take When Buying Armenian Fruits
Before starting to list must-try Armenian fruits, we’d like to share some precious advice with you. If you really want to taste natural and yummy Armenian fruits, then take our advice and don’t rush into supermarkets.
Yerevan and other cities in Armenia are rich in food markets. Armenians usually call it “shuka”. Go to any shuka near you and you’ll see the ocean of fruits and vegetables.
Benefits are many: you can be 100% sure that no genetically modified fruits are sold in food markets, which we can’t say for supermarkets. Fruits in markets are way cheaper than in supermarkets. The reason is that you’re buying right from the farmer. And, of course, most importantly, the TASTE is incomparable.
Yerevan food markets are also kind of a tourist attraction. Sellers construct their working area the way that it looks like a grocery exhibition. Just trust us and give it a try.
Ok, now we can go on with our yummy list!
Delicious Armenian Fruits #1: Apricot
There are many theories of the real origin of this fruit. However, the most widespread version leads us to Armenia.
It is said that in the 1st century a Roman emperor brought apricot from Armenia to Roman Empire. People of other nationalities used to call apricot an “Armenian apple”. It was quite predictable, that apricot would be the first in Armenian fruits list.
Apricot is the traditional Armenian fruit which is very often considered a symbol of Armenia. Armenians adore this fruit considering it their national treasure. Though apricot grows in other places of the world as well, we bet you won’t try such a mouthwatering apricot in any other place of the world!
The opening of apricot season becomes a real celebration for Armenians. Apricot season in Armenia usually begins from the end of June and lasts till August. The apricot hustle and bustle in Armenia is especially peculiar. You’ll meet apricot in all markets of Armenia and each of them will swear it is the best apricot of Armenia.
Things about Apricot You May Not Know
- The main enemy of this Armenian fruit is thunder. If the year appears not kind enough, the quantity of the apricot is low, so the prices rise for that year.
- The topic of Armenian apricot is one of the most widely discussed topics especially in summer seasons. Everybody discusses whether this year’s apricot will be higher in prices or not.
- If you’re a guest in an Armenian family during an apricot season, then be sure, they’ll definitely bring you a full bowl of apricot and insist on you helping yourself!
- The apricot tree is so important for Armenians not only for its amazing fruit but also because the traditional Armenian musical instrument, duduk is made from apricot tree.
- By the way eating this yummy Armenian fruit don’t hurry to throw the stone! It’s like Kinder Surprise, there is something waiting for you inside the shell of apricot stone. You can break the shell of the apricot stone and enjoy what is inside. Apricot Stone is both pleasant in taste and very effective for health.
- Besides trying the fresh fruit, don’t miss the chance to try this Armenian fruit in dried version, it is not less tasty as a dried fruit, especially when the drying process is done in natural conditions without any additional sweeteners.
- One more delicious way of eating apricots is apricot jam. For every Armenian grandma, it is a special day of preparation. You can buy Armenian apricot jam in markets, but if you have Armenian friends ask them for homemade one. We bet, the have a bowl of homemade jam at home.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #2: Pomegranate
Pomegranate is another adored Armenian fruit and yet another national symbol of Armenia. You can meet pomegranate almost everywhere in Armenia and it doesn’t only concern the fresh fruit.
You can meet pomegranate as a souvenir on clothes, carpets, in different cultural elements of Armenia and so on and so forth! Pomegranate is very respectable fruit in Armenia. It is used in Armenian dishes very often. It is especially delicious in Armenian meat dishes.
Pomegranate is mentioned in Armenian culture rather frequently. One of the world-famous Armenian movies by Sergey Parajanov is called “The Color of Pomegranate”. There is even an old Armenian believing that pomegranate contains 365 grains in itself, and the number of grains coincides with the number of days in the year.
Some people appear to be persistent enough to count all the grains in the pomegranate. What about you? You’ll meet a huge variety of jewelries and souvenirs of this Armenian fruit especially in Vernissage Market.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #3: Grapes
The origin of grape is quite controversial. It’s not fully clear which is the birthplace of his exceptional fruit. However, many people call it an Armenian fruit.
The legend states that Noah’s ark landed on holy mountain Ararat, where Noah started cultivating grape. That’s why many believe grape be an Armenian fruit. What would Armenians do without this fruit! The best wines and world-famous Armenian brandy is made of exceptional grape which is grown mainly in Ararat Valley, Armenia.
By the way, the oldest vinery is discovered in Areni village of Armenia. This probably gives enough ground to consider grape an Armenian fruit. As the climate of Armenia is rather sunny, the grape in Armenia is known for its sweet taste.
There are quite a lot of other fruits which are not traditionally considered Armenian fruits but grow in Armenia and are not less delicious and worth trying. Even some of this “Non-Armenian fruits” have their Armenian species.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #4: Apple
Apple in Armenia used to grow from unmemorable times, so it’s deeply rooted in Armenian folklore and is an inseparable part of Armenian cultural elements. There is not much to talk about apples as it’s definitely familiar to all of you. So, let’s pass to apple species which you’ll meet only in Armenia.
All those species don’t have large sizes, but they are extremely sweet and tasty. During Soviet period, there was another apple specie in Armenia. The apple was given the name Demirchyan.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #5: Fig
Fig is one of the tastiest and healthiest fruits growing in Armenia. Fig is rather widely spread fruit in Armenia. Armenian fig is especially known for its comparably large sizes and sweet taste.
Armenians like to use this wonderful fruit everywhere. The dried fruits made of fid and jams are especially adorable.
By the way, as fig is grown in Armenia, it is considerably cheaper in price than in other places of the world. The prices of fruits in Armenia mainly depend on the season.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #6: Peach
This delicious fruit is successfully cultivated in Armenia. As the fruit grows in lot of other parts of the country, it has not large demand out of the borders of the country
So, the main consumption of Armenian peach is within the borders of Armenia.
Delicious Armenian Fruits #7: Plums
You can come across Plums in Armenian food markets all the time. You’ll meet almost all species of plums in Armenia. These juicy yummies appear mainly at the end of May.
Plums have huge demand even when they are not properly grown and are still green. Those who are fond of sour taste and extreme feelings prefer undergrown plums! You’ll meet green plums in almost markets.
Depending on the species, plums can be both sour and sweet. The sour ones are very often used in Armenian traditional dishes as well.
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