Due to the range of culinary traditions across the Iranian provinces , food in Iran is extremely diverse . Common to all the Iranian provinces however , is the fact that Iranian food tends to be both healthy and nutritious . To taste true Iranian food , it is necessary to eat at an Iranian’s house . The reason for this is that most restaurants in Iran limit the food they sell to different types of kebab and there is therefore , very little variety . Even if you are staying with an Iranian family , it is likely that at some point you will eat in a restaurant and if this is the case , you are likely to be happy with the standards of cleanliness and hygiene . As with any country however , it is advisable to only eat hot food from street stalls and you should make efforts to observe how the food has been cooked e.g. ensuring sufficient standards of cleanliness) As a general description , food in Iran tends to be colourful , healthy and simple . Taste is added via herbs , light spices and fruit and the resulting dishes are mild as opposed to spicy.

Hospitality in Iran

If you are fortunate enough to experience Iranian hospitality , then you will be extremely taken back by their warmth and eagerness to ensure that you are well looked after . You are likely to be offered tea in a glass (always black) and possibly coffee – although coffee is not as popular in Iran and if you buy it externally , it’s likely to be fairly expensive . Second to the drinks , you are also likely to be offered a wide variety of seasonal fruit . Iranians eat a lot of fruit and it certainly a key part of their daily food intake .

Rice in Iran

Rice (berenj) is a staple building block of any Iranian meal and the most beautiful variations of rice based meals are found in Iran . Rice preparation is indeed a food art in Iran and of great contrast to the majority of countries who merely boil their rice . Variations of this Iranian food art include rice preparation over a 24 hour time frame, boiling, steaming, cooking with yoghurt or egg to produce a tasty crunchy crust , adding saffron , berries , herbs , spices and meat for colour and flavour .

Soft Drinks in Iran

Soft drinks in Iran are sold typically served in bottles and rarely in cartons . ‘Doug’ is a very popular salty yoghurt drink which is similar to ‘ayran’ (drunk in Turkey)

Deserts in Iran

Great efforts are made when making sweet foods in Iran . Every Iranian province has its own traditions and approach to producing these exotic deserts and fruits such as dates and nuts are common ingredients . However , Iranians will generally only eat sweet food and deserts on special occasions due to their love for fruit . You will find that Iranians use any opportunity to get out the fruit bowl – to welcome a guest after lunch , tea or dinner .