Each province has a variety of foods and handicrafts according to it’s climatic and cultural conditions. The foods and souvenirs of Ardabil city are very diverse and delicious; and many of them, such as honey or buttermilk from Ardabil, are well-known among all Iranians and have a lot of appeal. In this article, we will introduce the most delicious souvenirs and the most beautiful handicrafts of Ardabil, join us!
In addition to it’s pristine natural and tourist attractions, Ardabil also has unique souvenirs, most of which are edible. We have all heard the name of Sabalan honey at least once; honey that belongs to Ardabil region. Handicrafts are another souvenir of Ardabil that encourages tourists to buy. Keep reading this article to find out about them.
Among the different provinces of Iran that have a hand in honey production, Ardabil province and especially Sabalan areas, offer the best honey in the country to applicants; this honey became a famous Ardabil souvenir because of it’s amazing taste and high quality. The geographical location of Ardabil province has brought it the diversity of plain fields full of plant species and paved the way for the production of excellent and high quality honey.
If you can prepare the original and natural honey of Sabalan, you have undoubtedly obtained one of the most important elements of traditional Iranian medicine. The extracts of plants such as mint, coriander, acacia, and especially astragalus and thyme, which are found in this natural concoction, are useful for many diseases and physical ailments. Honey can also be the best substitute for sugar and give a sweet taste to your moments. So if you ever traveled to Ardabil don’t forget t buy honey as souvenir for your self and loed ones to enjoy!
This type of honey has medicinal properties and is effective for regulating appetite as well as treating infectious diseases and so on. Therefore, we can say that Sabalan honey is one of the best-selling souvenirs of Ardabil.
The best-selling dairy products in Ardabil are butter milk and butter, which tourists usually use with honey for breakfast. And we can say that butter milk, in addition to being one of the most delicious dairy products, is also one of it’s most popular products too.
In fact, butter milk is a natural fat of milk, prepared by boiling. To make high-quality butter milk they use cow’s milk, which is very high in fat. In general, we can say that butter and butter milk are among the most famous products and souvenirs of Ardabil and Sabalan region next to honey.
Qarabiyeh is one of those sweets that you can’t forget it over time! It is one of the best sellers in many pastry shops in Ardabil and many other cities of Iran. To make Qarabieh cake we need almonds, sugar and egg whites and also pistachio kernels for decoration.The sweet taste and soft and crunchy texture have brought a lot of fans to it.
Although Qotab of Yazd is famous for all of Iranians, Khalkhal, with it’s unique type of Qotab Asali or in the local language “Balatmaz“, is in close competition with its Yazdi type. Qotab Khalkhal is one of the delicious souvenirs of Ardabil province that they make with yogurt, eggs and flour, honey, sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and cloves. This delicacy has many fans and can be a popular souvenir for you.
Halwa is one of the most popular and delicious sweets you can eat in Iran. Almost every city of Iran has it’s own special halwa with specific typicality. Ardabil also has local and delicious halwas such as ginger halwa, white halwa and qara halwa, which have many fans with their delicious taste. These various halwas are also a popular Ardabil souvenir.
One of the most popular halwas in Ardabil is Qara Halva, which is the most famous souvenir of Ardabil among all kinds of halwa. “Qara” is a Turkish word that means black; and it’s because of the color of this halwa is black. For more than a hundred years, the people of Ardabil have been making black halwa or Qara Halva with wheat germ. In addition to wheat germ, they also use sesame, walnut, grape juice and butter in this halwa. The use of grape syrup causes the black color of this halwa and gives a delicious taste to it.
This halwa, as it’s name suggests, has a significant amount of ginger in it; and they cook it in many cities in East Azarbaijan and Ardabil provinces. Other ingredients in ginger halwa include powdered sugar, walnuts, cardamom and flour. One of the most important steps in preparing this halwa is sieving it before molding so that it does not become lumpy. Contrary to popular belief, this halwa has a pasty texture and is very crunchy.
“Aq” in Turkish means white and in Ardabil they also call the white halwa, Aq halwa. Aq halwa is not a popular souvenir of Ardabil; and if anyone wants to buy halwa as an Ardabil souvenir, they go for back halwa. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find white halwa in Ardabil to buy as souvenir or taste it.
Many consider this halwa to belong to Khalkhal city, one of the functions of Ardabil province. They mostly cook this halwa on religious occasions such as Eid al-Fitr or to congratulate young couples on their marriage.
Families prepare white halwa near Eid al-Fitr and give it to each other as a gift to strengthen kinship ties. Rice flour is the main ingredient of this halwa. After preparing the raw material of halwa, they add ginger, rose water or vanilla to it and they also use saffron to draw or write on the surface of halwa.
We all know baklava as a souvenir for the city of Yazd; but Ardabil also has a kind of baklava that they prepare it in a unique way. Ardabil baklava is prepared with milk, walnuts, pistachios and eggs; and you can find it in all pastry shops in this area. Ardabil baklava is very similar to Istanbul baklava.
Fatir bread is one of the delicious souvenirs in Ardabil, which they also sell industrially throughout the province today. Most confectioneries in Ardabil have this bread and you can easily buy it. Since there is no baking sodain this bread, Ardabil fatir is very healthy. In Ardabil, they prepare fatir with sourdough, water and sugar, and for flavor, they use walnuts and cinnamon. If you bought this bread from Ardabil, be sure to taste it with Sabalan honey, butter and buttermilk.
Khalkhal rice bread is one of the most famous souvenirs of Ardabil province, in which powdered sugar is one of the most important ingredients of it, and for this reason it’s other name is “Qand Chouri“. The preparation of Qand Chouri is more common among the residents of Khalkhal during Nowruz; and due to it’s high shelf life (about 6 months), families of Ardabil exchange it as a gift and congratulation.
Usually, after preparing the rice bread, they rub a little saffron in the middle price of each sweet to make it’s appearance and aroma better. Unfortunately, at present, the youth of Ardabil don’t show interest in cooking this kind of traditional food, and families mainly go to confectioneries to prepare traditional sweets. In Ardabil province, baking another sweet called Qachgorki is common, which has a baking recipe and a similar appearance to Qand Chouri .
Ardabilis are considered as skilled coppersmiths of Iran; therefore coppersmiths are considered as important handicrafts of Ardabil. Ardabil copper utensils are of high quality and can help your food taste better. Some experts in traditional medicine believe that copper utensils have medicinal properties and cure your diseases.
Jajim weaving is one of the handicrafts of Ardabil province; and the nomads of this province are very proficient in their weaving. The main designs of Ardabil jajims are lozenge designs with various colors. Jajim is one of the most popular souvenirs in Ardabil that you can buy during your trip to this province. In the past they used to wrap the bed or so-called “ja” with “Jajim”. So at the time they called it “ja jam” (means something that they rap the bed in it); but over time and for convenience, it’s name was changed to Jajim.
Kilim is another souvenir of Ardabil province and kilim weaving is one of the important handicrafts of this province. Each region in Iran has it’s own unique kilim with a distinct texture. These textures are usually influenced by the same region. You can clearly see the influence of environmental and cultural factors in Ardabili kilim weaving. Ardabil nomads usee kilim as bags, pouches and twisted beds. You should know that Ardabil kilims are double-sided.
Pelas is a kind of one-sided woolen kilim that is usually used as a ground cloth and is considered as a souvenir of Ardabil. In fact, the pelas is a type of weave that is very similar to a kilim and is used as a mat, rug and pouch. This texture is very popular in Iranian cities and nomadic women use it a lot.
The nomads of Dasht-e Moghan in Ardabil weave woolen cloth, which locals call it “Ajagh Gharaghi“. They use this wool fabric to protect the main carpet of the room against burns caused by the flames of the stove fire. The designs of Ajagh Gharaghis are completely subjective and are similar to Jajim in terms of texture. In the past, they weaved Ajagh Gharaghi in the shape of horseshoes, but today, for ease of use, they weave it in a rectangular shape.
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