There are so many interesting things about the country of Azerbaijan, that sometimes I have problems deciding what to share. So today, I decided that I would share 12 interesting facts about Azerbaijan.
- Do you have a fireplace in your home? Have you ever wondered where the first known fireplace was created? Well, wonder no more! The first known fireplace in human history dates all the way back to 700,000 years ago in the Azikh Cave, which is the largest cave in Azerbaijan.
- In the Absheron Peninsula, there is a mountain called The Burning Mountain that is considered a rare wonder because it burns year round due to natural gas escaping from the ground.
- Azerbaijan has a rich oil history. You know what the Nobel Prize is right? The Nobel family of Norway, who are responsible for creating this honorable prize, acquired much of their wealth from Azerbaijan’s oil history in the 19th century.
- The oldest national holiday in Azerbaijan is Novruz. During Novruz, children leave bags or small caps outside the front door of houses. They knock on the door and hide, and upon return, their bags are filled with gifts (or Novruz) from the homeowner.
- Oily Rocks is the first and largest town on stilts to be constructed at sea. This town on stilts is situated in the Caspian Sea and was built in phases after 1947. Now if you are a visual person like I am, I am sure you are sitting there trying to imagine what that would look like. I was curious so I decided to find a picture so I could see exactly what it looked like.
- Are you a tea drinker? Tea is the most popular drink in Azerbaijan. It is traditionally served in a pear shaped glass, and is often consumed through lumps of sugar or jam held in the mouth.
- The capital city of Baku was once a very important commercial center on the Silk Route, the trading passageway from Europe to China.
- The Gobustan Nature Park has thousands of rock paintings that give a peek into the lives of the Azerbaijan Prehistoric inhabitants.
- It is rumored that Azeri people love taking pictures of themselves and love it when you take pictures of them, especially the men.
- Would you like cheese with your watermelon? Say what? Azerbaijan is a country of watermelons. But there is a specific way you should eat your watermelon there. Always with white cheese and bread
- There are over 400 mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan.
- Azerbaijan has a traditional competition for girls called The Seven Beauties Competition. This competition involves crocheting stockings.
Do you like music? We love music at my house! We decided to start a new tradition at our house when it comes to trying dishes from other countries. Recently we started playing music from the country we are eating from. It makes the process a little more exciting and fun!
So how about a little music from Azerbaijan as you sample their food?
If that is not your style or too mellow for you, I understand! Perhaps this beat is more your style!
About This Recipe
Have you ever tried a recipe that you just weren’t sure if you liked it or not? Well, my friends, this is one of those recipes! But just because I’m on the fence about whether I like this recipe or not doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try it. It just simply means that you should try it out and see if you like it or not! You be the judge!
But before I even was unsure about this particular dish, this recipe almost didn’t happen! My husband and I went to 3 different grocery stores on our regular grocery shopping day and none of them had Pomegranate. But then a couple of days later we had to make a stop at the grocery store to grab something, so we decided to check again to see if they had Pomegranate. What did we find? Low and behold, right before our very eyes, we found Pomegranate arils, which we did not see the last time!
This recipe combines the sweetness of pomegranate with the savoriness of egg. We sampled this dish as a breakfast option, but you can enjoy this dish any time of day!
So sit back, enjoy your Narnumru and listen to some music from Azerbaijan as you eat!