Northern Iran is home to some of the finest agricultural productions in the country. Located in a green and water-rich region, Gilan benefits from several premium agricultural products, some of which are solely grown in this region due to its wet and humid climate. The finest examples of these productions are olives, tea, and rice. These products are exported to other countries as well as to all other regions in Iran.
One of the famous olive products of Gilan is a mixture of olive and several other sweet-and-sour ingredients and spices. This product which is usually served as a side dish in most houses and restaurants, is locally known as ‘Zeytun Parvardeh’ which literally means ‘marinated olives’. In order to make these tasty marinated olives, the pit has to be separated before other ingredients are added to the olive. These ingredients can vary depending on personal preferences, but they almost always contain chopped walnuts, pomegranate paste, mint, thyme, lemon juice, and olive oil. The outcome is a flavorful blend that many people love.
Gilan is home to the majority of tea products in the country. The tea from north is usually among the highest quality teas and Iranians love it. Unlike the loose-quality foreign teas that are sold in supermarkets in Iran, Iranian tea usually takes longer to brew and get the nice reddish color, though when it’s served, you can easily tell that you’re having a tea with fine quality.
Like tea, rice farms are also widely visible in the northern regions of Iran, particularly in Gilan. The taste and aroma of pure Iranian rice is why many Iranians don’t cook foreign rices at home. Iranian rice is usually small in size and unlike Indian/Pakistani rices, doesn’t enlarge significantly after its cooked.