TEA CULTURE IN BAKU
It is difficult to imagine at least one Azerbaijani who does not like tea! No wonder Azerbaijan в Баку is on the list of absolute leaders who love tea drinking. No family event can do without this hot and fragrant drink. No matter how long you have paid a visit to your neighbor or friend, you will still be served some tea, and leaving without having a glass of tea is considered bad manners. Traditionally the tea is served in “armudu” glasses in Azerbaijan. Here they prefer to drink strong black tea and equate this procedure with the ancient folk rituals. Ideally, water is boiled in a samovar with coals, and the tea is brewed just on it. By the way, one of the oldest samovars in the world, which is about 3,700 years old, was found in Azerbaijan (in Sheki district). The above mentioned “armudu” is nothing but small pear-shaped glasses. Thanks to them, the tea in the lower wide part of the glass cools down more slowly than in the upper part, so the drink remains in the same temperature until the end of the tea drinking. However, not a single tea drink - ing is done with just one glass of tea in Azerbaijan! The obligatory attributes of the tea-table are na - tional sweets, to which the lady of the house takes special care, because practically everything on the table is made by herself - be it jam or baking. By the way, Azerbaijani women make an incredi - ble amount of baking with nuts (pakhlava, sheker - bura, badambura), caramel (peshmek, peshvang), jam (mutaki), and rice flour (girmabadam). In addition, jam making is also considered as art and honed to perfection in the country. There are dozens of varieties of jams, both usual through - out the world and completely unusual ones. Therefore, when you are in Azerbaijan, try to taste as many kinds of this dessert as possible: made of quince, fig, cornel, rose petals, watermelon crusts, walnuts, mulberry, blackberries, cherries, apricots, tomatoes, and even eggplant and olives. Besides sweets, the tea is also served with “cherez” - a mixture of different nuts and dried fruits.