Azerbaijan: Azeri Kitchen
Pomegranates are a great example of this: while they are rare in other areas of the world, they are a common fruit in Azerbaijan, where they grow in the country’s tropical regions. Their taste is tangy but sweet, and their seeds give a crunchy texture to every dish.
Fresh herbs are also common in Azeri cooking. You’ll find mint, dill, basil, parsley, and tarragon in many Azeri lamb and seafood dishes. Even though it’s considered exotic and expensive in America, saffron is a popular spice here. This bright yellow seasoning comes from a type of flower, and it’s used in more than 50 of the country’s popular dishes.
Food is an important part of Azeri culture. A meal traditionally includes several different courses including appetizers, bread, soup, main dishes, desserts, and tea, which means that once you sit down, you’d better be ready to settle in for at least an hour.