Anyone who has visited Armenia at least once will never forget tasty dishes of local cuisine, original sweets and a very special taste of “sunny” Armenian fruits. Everyone want to take a piece of this gastronomic splendor with him/her to share it with his/her friends and family! Happy to say, that it is quite possible; the main thing is to know what exactly is worth buying as delicious gifts for your loved ones.
Cognac and Wine
Many decades ago, Armenian cognac has earned fame not only throughout the Soviet Union, but also far beyond its borders. Alcohols for a strong drink are obtained here from special grape varieties. Then aged in oak barrels beverage is brought to readiness taking into consideration strict rules. Therefore, the taste of Armenian cognac is not inferior to the French originals and is highly appreciated all over the world. As for wines, you can find a great variety of different types in Armenia. Not only grape wines, but also made from a variety of fruits and berries: peach, quince, blackberry, cherry, etc.
It goes without saying, that incredible dried and candied fruits are made from sweet Armenian fruits. You can buy dried apricots, peaches, plums, figs, apples, as well as a variety of candied fruits, including, for example, unusual banana or watermelon fruits in shops and markets in Yerevan. Pay attention also to the local “sweet sujukh” – a delicacy reminiscent of the Georgian “Churchkhela”. Try as well “alani” – dried peaches filled with sweetened nut filling.
Jam and sweets
You can buy special types of jam in Armenia, which will certainly please your loved ones. For example, you should definitely try rose jam with a delicate aroma or green nut jam. Lovers of exotic can try eggplant jam or even garlic jam. The taste is not at all what one might expect, however, it is unexpected and interesting! Sweet tooths will also appreciate local chocolates stuffed with nuts, almonds and dried fruits.
Cheese is worth buying on the day of departure, as this “souvenir” has a short shelf life. You also have a great selection here. However, if you have already tasted Armenian cheese, then you will definitely find something according to your preferences. For example, you can buy classic Lori cheese, Chanakh cheese with a very unusual taste, or cheese with various aromatic herbs.
Basturma and sujukh
You will never see a single festive table in Armenia without these delicacies, and they can become an excellent gift for lovers of meat “delicacies”. Basturma is a jerky meat, which is processed in a certain way. Then it is dried along with a “coating” from a set of spices (“chaman”). The intense, vibrant taste is hard to describe – it must be tasted. Sujukh – spicy dried sausage made of minced meat and many spices.
Pakhlava and gata
Different nations of the Caucasus prepare pastry with nuts, but all the recipes have their own characteristics. In Armenia, Pakhlava is made of many thin layers of tender dough with a nut filling generously flavored with spices. As a rule, already baked pastry is poured over with honey or syrup. Gata may also differ slightly in different regions of Armenia: you will taste a soft sweet mixture called “khoriz” in Gata, which is in its turn a special pastry filling in Armenian cuisine.