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A Love Story of Cucumber and Summer in Iran

Traditional summer lunch in Iran 

It is summer here, and the first thing would cross the mind is to avoid dehydration.

Back to traditional local Iranian life style, there are traditional summer snacks and meals, that by using them, you will enjoy all hot days and your body benefits from nutrition provided by following traditional meals.

Persian Walk team decided to dedicate some series posts about traditional local snacks. You Could test them in Tajrish Tour.

           Cucumber in Iran (Khiar in Farsi)

Do you know that, Iranian eat cucumber as a fruit???

Cucumber is Iran has taste and really good smell and it is not as big as police’ Baton. You always find it in the fruit bowl at homes. Mostly, it is the first option of every one to choose it, when the host taarofs you. We as local, either peel it and add some salt and Angelica powder (Golpar in Farsi) on it or even we just divide it in two parts with hands and eat it with hands (like Banana).

Do you know that one of the side dish, which is so popular in Iran is Mast-o- Khiar (yogurt and cucumber)?? The taste is different compared to Tzatziki dip found in Europe, thanks to dried mint, rose flower powder and sometimes walnuts and raisins added to Mast-o-Khiar. You can find it as a side dish almost in every house and restaurant.

Interestingly, if you replace Yogurt drink (Doogh in Farsi) with yogurt, you have a yummy summer lunch cold soup called Ab-doogh-Khiar. Sometime, we add some radish and other herbs to that cold soup too. Normally, we add some small piece of bread inside and we eat it with spoon.

It keeps you hydrated and full. We really recommend you to try this in your visit in Iran in summer time. In our evening walking Tajrish Tour, we usually try this as one of the local meals in summer time.

As I always say in our free walking tour in Tehran, Iran is a cradle of herbal extracts. Although, we do not have alcohol drink served in restaurant, instead we recommend you to try different syrup drink (Sharbat in Farsi) in your trip in Iran. One of the most popular one in summer is Oxymel syrup (the mixture of vinegar and honey) with grated cucumber (Sekanjebin-Khiar in Farsi).

 Try this in hot days in Iran and get refreshed for your next stop.

Beauty secret of Iranian women using Cucumber

Women making salad at home, normally puts the skin of cucumber on their face to moisturize their face naturally while peeling the cucumber.

In the next post, we disclose the application of Rosewater in Iran. Stay Tuned!

Are you interested about this kind of insider information of Persian culture?? So reserve your spot in our evening walking tour (Tajrish Tour) and we reveal the local traditional secrets that we have learned from our grandparents.


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