Armenia

Armenia is a country between Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Azerbaijan, and Iran.

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Pakistan is the only country that doesn’t recognize Armenia as a country. This is due to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue with Azerbaijan and the way Pakistan wants to show their support to the Kasmir issue.

Armenia is the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. The official name of the church is the Armenian Apostolic Church, which 93% of Armenian Christians are a member of.  The church practices a form of Oriental Orthodoxy, which is not the same as Eastern Orthodox churches. The defining characteristic of Oriental Orthodoxy it’s difference in Christology, which I found fascinating.

Well enough religion and on to food! Armenian food is closely related to Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility and is often used, however the Apricot is the national fruit. The main distinction of Armenian food is that it relies on the quality of the ingredients rather than heavily spicing their food. They also prefer to use fresh herbs rather than dried.

I have selected the following dishes to cook:

 

 

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