If your are ever invited to an Iranian's house, the first two things you will be offered are tea and fruit, miveh. Iranians are big fruit eaters. My parents and relatives always talk about having grown up on a baagh, large plots of land usually containing many fruit trees, and having easy access to vast amounts of fresh fruit. My aunts, in fact, attribute their stellar health as children to the fact that they would pick and eat fresh fruit all day long. A midday and afternoon snack during my summers in Iran as a kid always meant a plate full of my favorites: champagne grapes (which are for some reason very popular, though I've never seen them in the U.S.), pears, nectarines, the juiciest peaches with skin that just effortlessly came off, and varieties of melons famous in the Khorasan province.
|Farmers's market, Neyshabur|
And in case you still aren't convinced of the importance of fruit in Iran, check out these roundabout sculptures in different cities dedicated to, what else, fruit! Notice the cucumbers?
|Saveh- famous for its pomegranates|
A while back, I wrote a Persian idiom related to watermelons. Today, I'll leave you with a proverb, also related to melons- this time the kharbozeh, an elongated football shaped melon famous in Mashhad.
هر کی خربزه خورد پای لرزش هم می نشیند
Har ki kharboze khord, paye larzesh ham mishine
Literally: He who eats kharbozeh must take the risk of shivering too.
English equivalent: If you play with fire, you'll get burnt.