Iran ( Persia ) has a great variety of food, so based on people of ancient and unique ethnicities, the variety of the food is also very impressive and is one of the attractions of tourists who are fascinated to experience this excellent food variety.
Getting familiar with a country’s food is a one way of recognizing its culture. Culture and society habits are represented by ingredients, healthy recipes, decorating and color of the foods.
It would definitely be said that food is building block of a country and a nation identity. In Persian culture, Food has a special place in a way that you can not imagine a ceremony or a traditional rituals without food let alone their hospitality.
As mentioned food in Iran is as diverse as its people . Each fold cook differently and use different ingredients based on geographical conditions they live in. As most of the people are Moslem, all the foods are Halal.
Recipes for cooking meals in Iran are developed in order to make a balanced taste which makes Persian food unique and special.
You can find rice, the vegetables, meet, chicken, grains and a pinch of spice( mostly saffron and turmeric) in every Persian dish. In formal dishes, there is always rice and meat. Beside rice, bread also has a fundamental role in majority of the dishes.
Traditional drinks in Iran are famous and popular like: tea, dough and herbal tea with medical effects.
Deserts are important and based on the culture of the country, like: Fereni, Shole Zard and Saffron Ice cream.
In north of Iran, local fish from Caspian Sea are very popular as well as local stews and all kind of vegetable specially local ones.The vegetables are consumed more than meat. Rice is the main element and country side people even have it in the breakfasts. They mostly used fresh products in every season as they appear in Bazar. In west and north-west which is mountainous and animal husbandry is popular, they consume all kind of kebabs and also Ash and Dolmeh with bread and rice. In central and east parts stews and Ash are popular. In south, they cook sea-foods with a lot of spice.
It seems visiting this land and tasting its food will be memorable especially, when you get totally different hospitality experience as well.