There are many different dishes that you need to try while visiting Armenia. Tatevik Martini, an Armenia tour guide explains how on every street there are strings of sujukh, made up from shelled walnuts hanging like garlands in open-air stalls. Fruit sujukh is a delicious high energy snack that is ideal for taking on daily excursions on to enjoy while hiking. Also, it's common to see lots of thin roll-up sheets of sour plum puree (T-tu Lavash) lined up on the shelves along with jam preserves. Such food is heaven for fruit lovers.
Armenia is blessed with a generous amount of sun and is delicious with bright and tasty vegetables and fruit. If you visit local markets, you will be greeted by the overflowing amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find everything from apples, pears, cherries, peach, pomegranate, watermelon, fig, melon to quince and much more. It's common to come across large tankers of Kompot at dinner tables. Armenian families like to enjoy the non-alcoholic juice regularly.
I realized that Armenian cuisines deeply connect with Persian, Turkish and Georgian cuisines. Armenian dishes are somewhat of a culinary heritage. Each recipe relates to a classic story which traces back to Armenian migrations. Fresh products are easy to find in Armenia, given that life usually centers around farming and agriculture. This is particularly the case for those living outside of the main cities. In contrast to many other Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines, Armenia dishes tend to rely on fresh herbs for dried spices.
A huge selection of starters, similar to mezes, can be found set out on long dining room tables waiting to be enjoyed. The cuisines vary. Many platters include staples like piquant pickled vegetables, salads, and cheeses. The two main kinds of cheese served are Ori and Chanakh. Both are not fully aged and very salty.
If you're looking to purchase some good quality products then fresh food markets are your best option. Fortunately, Armenian food is virtually free from chemicals. This is due to the expensiveness of chemical fertilizers.
The majority of bread in Armenia is flat and is an essential ingredient for nearly every meal whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most bread is still prepared using traditional ancient technology in clay tonirs.
There is a restaurant in the capital city of Yerevan called Old Yerevan. They serve a vast amount of tasty Armenian dishes, which are accompanied by live folk music. You can see many women swirling lavash around their heads like clockwork before placing it in the oven. It's important to sprinkle and then cover lavash so a few minutes later it becomes soft.
There are many different Armenian foods that I would like to enjoy wherever I am. Although this isn't possible, I always ensure that I take home some jars of delicious walnut jam and sujukh. If you haven't tried any of the above yet, you're missing out.