Vegetables are widely used in Armenian kitchen. They are consumed fresh, cooked separately or in soups, with rice or other cereals. Armenians also barbeque the vegetables on open fire which sometimes tastes better than barbequed meat.
Okra or the “ladies’ fingers” is a very unique vegetable. Armenians use them in a soup called Ajab-Sandal. They also marinate it to make a very good appetizer. Okra has many valuable nutritions for the human organism. It is even used in medicine.
Squash is a versatile vegetable. It is used in making squash mesh, several traditional dishes like Ghapama and even confiture. Making the confiture is laborious and time consuming process. But the result is delightful.
Cauliflower is used a lot in the cuisine. Armenians like the unique taste of it. There are several dishes that involve this interesting vegetable. It can also be fried with eggs or used in some salads.
Armenians have unique tastes when it comes to food. An example of it is the famous marinated hot pepper (Cicak in Armenian). It is one of the most favorite appetizers in Armenia. You will find one on most dinner tables around the country.
Broccoli is comparably new to Armenian consumers. The constant interaction with foreign cultures and people has brought broccoli in Armenia. Nowadays, Armenians grow their own broccoli. It is used in the kitchen in the same way that cauliflower is used.
Armenia is rich with all kinds of vegetables. In the Armenian fields you will find tomatoes, as well as smaller – cherry type. There are also Armenian cucumbers, eggplants, green, yellow and red peppers, zucchinis, several kinds of potatoes, onions – sweet and hot, radish, red beets, carrots, cabbage, garlic and more. They are mostly used in salads, soups as well as a side dish of meat.