Hearing the name of Hamadan, more than anything, ancient history is associated in our minds. Located at the foot of Alvand Mountain, this city has a mountainous climate and summers are a very good time to travel to this city. If you decide to travel to this city in the Summer, be sure to visit the markets and shopping centers of Hamadan; and do not neglect to buy a variety of Hamadan souvenirs such as foods and handicrafts.
Hamadan souvenirs are so old and varied that it is difficult for any traveler to choose from them. However, since the sweets of Hamadan are more than a few hundred years old and the city is the center of traditional sweets in western Iran, we can introduce the sweets of this city as it’s best souvenirs.
The souvenirs of each city, which reflect the geographical location, customs and sometimes occupations of the people in the past, are completely unique to each region. Delicious food and handicrafts of Hamadan are very diverse and any taste can find the food of their choice and take it to their city as a gift of Hamadan. One of the most funs you can have during your trip to Hamadan is wandering in different confectionary stores to buy edible souvenirs of the city! Also going to pottery workshops in order to buy some handicrafts of Hamadan is going to be very pleasing. In the rest of this article we will introduce Hamadan souvenirs to you; so keep reading!
One of the famous souvenirs of Hamadan is Komaj bread. This bread is one of the traditional sweets that has a long history in Hamadan. Komaj is a sweet that travelers can not easily pass by and it attracts every taste. The main ingredients are flour and sugar, filled with walnuts and cinnamon.
You can find a special kind of halwa in almost every city of Iran. Halwa is a popular confection that you can have as a delicious snack or dessert; you can also buy halwa as a tasty souvenir and enjoy, specially Hamadan’s special halwa. There are two kinds of common halwas in Hamadan: Lozenge halwa and Yolk halwa.
Various pastries are offered in stores and confectioneries in Hamadan. But Hamadan lozenge halwa is a food that most sellers in Hamadan definitely sell quality and delicious samples. Rice flour, walnut kernels, wheat bran and saffron are the main ingredients in the preparation of this halwa and have a high nutritional value due to the use of wheat bran and walnut kernels. In addition to the availability of Hamadan lozenge halwa as a souvenir, you can widely see people serving it in different ceremonies too.
Fans of halwa will definitely buy it as a souvenir by trying the taste of Hamadan yolk halwa. This delicious dessert is actually a yellow dessert that is very similar to porridge. Of course, the texture of yolk halwa is a little firmer than porridge. People of Hamadan use egg yolk, sugar, saffron, rose water and starch to prepare this halwa.
Yolk halwa is a rich source of protein due to it’s egg yolk; and we definitely recommend it to everyone, especially children and mothers who are breastfeeding. It is also effective in compensating for lost energy during high activity. You can find this delicious sweet in the recreational and historical places of Hamadan.
Basloq is one of the most popular and famous sweets in Iran and also Hamadan. You can find high quality basloqs in Hamadan and if you are looking for the best basloqs of Hamadan, you have to go to the city of Malayer. The ingredients of Hamadan basloqs are grape syrup, starch, almond kernels or apricot kernels and walnuts.
Grape syrup is another of the most popular souvenirs in Hamadan. Hamadanis prepare their grape syrup with proud grapes and nettles. You can find two types of grape syrup in this province. The first type is loose and in a deep brown color and the second type is firm and in a lighter brown color. The second type of this syrup is mostly found in the city of Malayer.
Another delicious food of Hamadan is angosht pich. A white dessert that differs from yolk halwa only in color. It is interesting to know that angosht pich is usually bought with the yolk halwa. The reason they call it angosht pich is that in the past, people used to dip their fingers in a dessert dish and wrap (pich in Persian) it around their finger (Angosht in persian). Rose water, sugar, lemon essence, cardamom and egg whites are the main ingredients for cooking angosht pich.
The sweet edible souvenir of Hamadan is scissors candy. It is a very delicious candy that consists of water, saffron, sugar and oil. Various types of scissors candy, including pistachio candy, saffron candy, simple candy, cardamom-flavored candy and etc. are available and they are a perfect choice to buy for your self or give to your loved ones; because trust us, everyone will love it! Making scissors candy is a very simple task but you have to have skills and feet; because if you do not know them, you can never scissor the sheet of candies tidily.
Tea bread is one of the most famous souvenirs of Hamadan which you can also find in Qazvin and Zanjan too. The reason that they call it tea bread is that many people use it instead of sugar loaf, which is so popular to have with tea in Iran. Tea bread’s ingredients are flour, yogurt, eggs and butter; and you can find it in various forms in Hamadan.
When you talk about Hamadan souvenirs, especially handicrafts, the first thing that comes into mind is Lalehjin and it’s amazing pottery. This art, which has a 800 years old history in this province, is mostly made in 25 km of Hamadan province, in Lalehjin, the center of pottery in Iran. In addition to Lalehjin, the cities of Malayer, Razan, Famenin, Kaboudar Ahang, Tuyserkan and Nahavand are also centers for the production of this ancient art.
If you ever traveled to Hamdan don’t forget to buy the beautiful turquoise pots of Lalehjin; or if you are not interested, we suggest you to visit the workshops at least. It would make a good time during your trip.
The cities of Malayer and Tuyserkan are among the most important hubs of the wood industry in Hamadan province. Carpentry, joinery, mosaic and woodcarving are among the most popular wood industries in this province. You can find high quality and amazing inalid works in Hamdan that you can buy as a souvenir and decorate your house with them or give them as a gift to special person.
Gold and silver inaly is a very old art in Hamadan. Activists engrave various designs on gold and silver foil. These sheets are eventually glued to surfaces such as glass, ceramic or metal and can appear as a valuable souvenir for your loved ones.
Which of the Hamadan souvenirs did you like the most? Let us know by commenting your favorite one; and you like to read about Hamadan city, click on the picture above. Thanks for reading.