Armenian Dried Fruits
Armenia has a centuries old tradition of producing high-quality dried fruits and berries. There is documented proof of this from as long ago as the 5th century BC, when Greek historian Herodotus wrote about Armenian social and political life, noting that Armenian merchants would take wine as well as dried apricots and peaches across the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Armenian dried fruits are especially delicious, because they are made from local fruits, which are noted for their sweetness and richness of the taste. It is well known, that the dried fruits produced from the Armenian fruits are considerably different from the ones grown in other regions, thanks to the conditions of the Armenian soil, the quality of mountain water and the abundance of sun.
Armenian dried fruits (called “Chir”in Armenian) are dried naturally in the sun and 100% organic. They are rich in vitamins and mineral elements, containing approximately 250 kkal and 1.5-5 g protein per 100 g. They are cholesterol free, low in sodium and totally fat free. They have a long shelf life and do not require storage in a cold place. This is one of their main advantages, and in this respect they are a fare alternative to fresh fruits (especially during non-harvest season).
The farmers market Gumi Shuka, or GUM Market, is a large popular indoor market in Yerevan, Armenia, that tourists can visit any day and buy the best quality Armenian dried fruits. The market is within an easy 15 minutes walk from the Republic Square just past the Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator. The market is a very colorful, fragrant and busy place, packed with hundreds of stalls of farmers. Every merchant will grab you and make you taste these specialties. The prices are reasonable and people are very friendly.
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