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Top Foodie Experiences in Iran

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May 21, 2016 / Iranian/Persian / By
Rachael

 

Iran is an up and coming visitor destination and is full of historic and cultural treasures. But the food is a big highlight of this intriguing country too. Take a look at why foodies will enjoy a visit to Iran.

The meat and fruit stews

Iran is renowned for its stews made with meat and fruits and you'll find them in many restaurants. One of the best is Fesanjan- a dish made from chicken and flavoured with pomegranate and walnuts. Or you might enjoy a Dizzi stew. This is a dish of slow cooked meat served in a jug like container and diners mix it with a pestle beofre serving it with pulses. Other famous dishes include lamb with morello cherries or duck with apricots.

The picnics

Go to any Iranian park and you'll see families and friends feasting on a picnic. Tea will be brewing on a gas burner and cakes and other dishes will be enjoyed al fresco. But the special thing about Iran is that if you happen to be passing and are a visitor you can expect to be invited to join in, such is the hospitality of the Iranian people.

The markets

Most towns have a market where fresh food and spices can be purchased. Many of the souks are located in the old caravanserai that line the Silk Route. You'll find typical ingredients for Persian cuisine such as sumac, figs, pomegranate molasses, olives, and more. Pistachios are another favourite along with walnuts and fruits. The markets are a great place to have a foodie moment.

The sweets

Iranians are famed for their sweet making and towns like Yazd have lots of specialty shops. You'll be able to taste pooklaki or caramelised sugar, and gaz which is like nougat. These are delicious and a specialty of the country. You can buy boxes of sweets in most places and they make great gifts to take back home- if you can keep them that long.

The tea houses

In Iran tea drinking is very popular and is often flavoured with cardamon. Check out the traditional tea houses where men sit smoking shisha pipes and discussing the latest gossip. Drinking tea in these places is a great way to people watch and interact with the locals.

Iran is opening up as a visitor destination and its food is definitely not to be missed. But above all the welcome from the locals was a special part of visiting this beautiful country.


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