easily be called "The Land of Jam". Azerbaijanis make
jam from almost anything - walnuts, watermelon and even rose
petals. Jam varies from region to region according to the availability
of fruits. Each summer, Azerbaijani women buy large amounts of
fruit and sugar in order to make a large supply of preserves
to last throughout the winter.
The most popular jams are made from plums, raspberries, mulberries,
pears, peaches, melons, figs, strawberries and cherries. Though,
perhaps, regional, jams can be made from grapes, pumpkin and
pomegranates. You can find preserved apricots stuffed with almonds.
Even eggplants can be used as a base for jam. Another type of
jam is made from "Paradise Apple", called "Jannat
Almasi" in Azeri. This small fruit tastes like a cherry
and has a stem, but it's really a tiny apple. Pictured here are
quince and plum jams.
If you visit an Azerbaijani home, undoubtedly you'll be served
homemade jam along with black tea. When tea is served, you'll
discover that in the Republic, it's rare for Azerbaijanis to
offer sugar. Instead they're more likely to offer jam. Azerbaijanis
put a small spoonful of jam in their mouth and sip the tea through
From Azerbaijan International (8.3) Autumn 2000.
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