The Return of Nar! and Other Stories
This post is a bit after the fact, but you can rest assured that I haven’t been just dilly-dallying while not updating you on the status of the pomegranate harvest in Azerbaijan. Instead, I’ve been consuming my share of the wealth. About a month ago, nar started appearing again, on roadside stands mostly. Now it’s all over the place, overflowing at the bazaar and soon to spill out into the Caspian, turning the sea into a deep crimson pool of delicious nar juice. As we all know, pomegranate is wonderful. It’s return is an occasion to be celebrated (by eating generous amounts of the stuff). If my calculations are right, we should chock-full of nar for the next two-three months.
But that’s not the only fruit that has made a glorious return. This fall season is a wonderful time to be nestled into life in the Land of Fire. They should change the name to the Land of Delicious Fruit for the duration of autumn. Coming in in large trucks are loads of apples, pears, grapes, and more. Up in Quba, Qusar, and Xaçmas, I’m sure the trees are dragging with all the wonderful apples hanging off their branches. For a while now, we’ve been able to find delicious green and purple grapes from the stretching vineyards in Cəlilabad. Feyxua is also making appearances and, here in Lənkəran, the lemons are dropping. Lənkəran is famous for its green lemons.