Armenia is rich with tasty fruits. The abundance of sunshine, the natural spring mountain water and the geological perfect location of the country makes it an ideal place for fruits to gain that extra taste that you will not find anywhere else.
Throughout centuries Armenians found several ways to preserve the excess fruit. One of the ways is to dry them in the sun. This method has many advantages, one of them being that it retains all the taste and vitamins within.
There are many kinds of dried food in Armenia. The most famous are apricot, peach, fig, mulberry, apple, pear, plum, grapes, cherry, etc.
You can also try them in accompaniment with chocolate and different sorts of nuts. A unique mixture of flavors offered by one of the biggest sweets producing company in Armenia – Grand Candy. Or you can simply dip them in chocolate and double your enjoyment.
Dried food has many uses in Armenian cuisine. They are part of some traditional and religious dishes, like a special type of Tolma and Khashlama.They are bases of several unique products like Alana a small bag made of dried food with nuts and sugar in it. Dried food is also used in making salads and mixing with different types of grains.
You can buy them in any open market or supermarket as well as from vendors close to many tourist attractions and sights all across the country.
One of the biggest producers is Armenian Dried Food. With a wide variety of flavors and packaging you will surely find what you are looking for.