We tell you about Khachapuri, Mtsvadi and Churchkhela. But there are some meals, snacks and fruits, which are so ordinary for us that we often just forget to tell you about them. Here are some of them totally worth to give a try.
Jonjol is a pickled flowers, literally. We collect sprouts from bushes, many many beautiful pink flowers with strange, not flowery smell, and then make one of the most popular appetizers.
You can see it on every feast or order in any restaurant. It's best when served with sliced onions and sunflower oil.
If you are lucky enough, you can also try some pickled baby watermelons, but it's not a common dish, and is made in some regions, usually not for sale.
Alucha (sort of plum)
I don't know a single person, who doesn't like this very delicious, crunchy, juicy fruit with sour-sweet taste.
Some like it ripe - when it gets softer and sweeter , but it's best before it ripens. Alucha time is May-June, after which all harvest is used to make green "tkemali" - our famous souse.
Georgian soft drinks
Forget about world-famous soft drinks and try Georgian. Especially the one with "tarkhuna" (tarragon) flavor. Sparkly and green - you will encounter it on almost everywhere. Pear or Cream are also recommended. You can buy either bottled drinks, or try Lagidze Water - soda mixed with a variety of natural syrups.
Today, Lagidze waters are produced in a wide range of natural flavors, including quince, pear, orange, lemon, cherry, tarragon, and others.
Boiled corn cobs
In Georgia, while sunbathing on a beach, there is no need to make your very relaxed and lazy self to get up and crawl to the cafe for lunch. There will always be some vendor, selling boiled corn cobs.
Eating corn cobs on a beach is something like a tradition for us. Just give it a try and I promise, you will never regret. It tastes differently from the sweet corn you are used to. It's closer to a meal then a snack and usually comes with salt.
Betqondara tea (Qondris Chai)
Herbal tea from Georgian mountains. Don't mess with qondari, which is a spice.
Betqondara flowers grow everywhere in Tusheti mountains (and not only there), on the roadsides, meadows. Any local cafe will offer it. You can puck some flowers by yourself and put in boiling water. After 2 minutes flavored tea is ready.
Georgians have a very successful cure for hangover - a hot soup called khashi. Many restaurants in Tbilisi serve this dish in the morning for those who consumed rather large quantities of alcoholic drinks previous evening and need an urgent rehabilitation.
It's recipe may sound little suspicious, but it really does work miracles (search for it after curing your hangover, not before).