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Pastegh (Ttu Lavash, Or Sour Lavash) - Armenian Sweet & Tart Chewy Fruit Leather

Armenians were making these sweet sheets of pureed fruits centuries before the Fruit Roll-Up!

The sight of Pastegh will likely delight any tourist hooked on this popular American snack brand “Fruit Roll-Up”. Pastegh (Ttu Lavash) - is traditional fruit leather found throughout Armenia, where the vendors sell it in big sheets resembling a super-sized Fruit Roll-Up. The name “Ttu Lavash” means “Sour Lavash” which refers to the thin, easily rolled flatbread that’s a staple of Armenian cuisine.

The Pastegh isn’t just a tasty treat: it’s an ancient Armenian practical food storage solution for the country blessed with fruit. In Armenia, where even in large cities the fruit trees grow in the courtyards, there are many ways to process crops for long-term storage: in addition to the well-known jams, candied fruits, dried fruits and marmalade - the Pastegh is another recipe, traditionally made from plums, grapes, cherries, Cornelian cherries, berries, pears, apples, apricots and peaches.

Made by sun-drying pureed fruit, the Armenian Ttu Lavash lacks the additives found in many processed fruit snacks. The Pastegh has one peculiarity though: it should not contain sugar and starch. Only boiled pulp of fruits and berries, a little water and a lot of sun!

This fruit leather can be eaten plain or wrapped around nuts for a heartier snack. Strips of Ttu Lavash are also mixed with fried onions to make a traditional Armenian soup called Tghit, which is served with Lavash bread.

As it is the best way to feel the taste of sunny Armenian fruits in any season, the Pastegh should be rolled up in a roll, placed in a plastic bag and stored in a cupboard for a maximum of 1 year.

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Armenian Dried Fruits