Sour Grapes at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

 

Yup – these really are sour grapes. Cheek-suckingly, eye-wateringly sour. They even look mean, no?

 Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market

This, basically, is verjuice’s (verjus, for all you francophones out there) Mummy. The real deal. In Iran sour grapes are known as ghooreh, and verjuice as ab ghooreh, and they are a really important part of the cuisine. The season is awfully short (a few weeks in June/July), but the grapes are pressed, dried and ground, frozen and pickled so that we can enjoy their sharp goodness all the year round. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the stuff should it swing by your pantry/fridge.

A Big Bunch of Sour Grape at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
A Big Bunch of Sour Grape
  • Verjuice: i.e. the juice extracted from sour grapes. This finds its way into all manner of khoreshts *(or casseroles), and is somewhere between wine and vinegar in application. It is also used in salads in Iran, and is reputedly good for lowering high blood pressure/cholesterol. Strictly speaking it doesn’t need the fridge once opened: if you have a bottle, don’t be alarmed/go all squealy if it forms a king of must on top: just flick the mould off and carry on using it.

 

Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market Columbia, Maryland 21045
Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market
  • Sour grape powder: use like a spice – add to dishes at the sealing frying stage. It will add a lovely sharp zing to soups and stews. It is also great in marinades for fish and meat.   
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market

 

  • Pickled Sour Grapes: apart from making a perfect gift for your mother-in-law (Les Dawson where are you now?), these can be dropped whole into casseroles/sauces to lend a dish little explosions of sharpness. You can also crush them into salad dressings and stuffing.

                               

Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045
Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh
  • Fresh or frozen: fresh ones (like the ones THAT-WE’VE-GOT-IN-THE-SHOP-RIGHT-NOW-PLEASE-FORM-AN-ORDERLY-QUEUE) need to be washed well and picked through. Detach them from their stalky bits, and then just plop them whole into salads, casseroles etc. Glorious – and they will keep your dinner guests guessing. Now is a good time to buy them to freeze as well: you can use them straight from the freezer. Silly serving idea: they are quite fun dropped whole-frozen into Martinis.
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package at Pars Market LLC
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package

That should give you something to be going on with. If you are popping by the shop at Pars Market this week, do stock up: these are a real culinary treat.

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PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY Suite 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

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Pars Market Hookah and Shisha Store in Columbia Maryland

I love Hookah and I love smoking it so much….more I talk about hookah I still feel I have a lot more to say out! Let’s talk more and enjoy talking about it as well as smoking Hookah with friends and family!

A Hookah is a water pipe that is used mainly by Middle Eastern countries for smoking tobacco, mainly flavored tobacco, such as Shisha. Traditional hookahs are elaborately decorated with gold or brass and often sport ornate carvings and designs.
Beautiful Double Hose Hookah at Pars Market

The Wonder of The Hookah

A Hookah is a water pipe that is used mainly by Middle Eastern countries for smoking tobacco, mainly flavored tobacco, such as Shisha. Traditional hookahs are elaborately decorated with gold or brass and often sport ornate carvings and designs. They are traditionally made from glass but can also be made from plastic or even. They have a long stem with a large Bowl at the top where the tobacco is placed.

From the stem are several long hoses that enable several people to enjoy the hookah at once. Water is placed in the stem and, when the bowl of tobacco is lit, the smoke is then filtered through the water and into the lungs of each person inhaling from each hose.

The practice of using hookahs is very popular in countries like Iran and other Arab countries but it is also popular in European countries, as well, and even the United States.

The practice of using hookahs is very popular in countries like Iran and other Arab countries but it is also popular in European countries, as well, and even the United States.
Small little Hookah at Pars Market

Purchasing your own hookah is a very personal experience. You can choose whatever design you would like, and there are several as it’s popular for the hookah to be elaborately decorated as our Hookahs at Pars Market are so beautiful designed and built so strongly!

There are many different styles of Hookah, and the number of hoses sprouting from the main stem varies as well. When you get a group of your friends, family or co-workers together to sample the latest blend of flavored tobacco, it is a true bonding experience. This is why the hookah is so popular, it’s the exchanging of smoke amongst a small group that truly makes the hookah experience a special one. 

Come down to our shop Pars Market to purchase your own new Hookah,
Small Beautiful hookah at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

Come down to our shop Pars Market to purchase your own new Hookah, We have wide selection of amazing looking Hookahs and our Friendly and Knowledgeable staff are here to help you choosing the right hookah for your budget! If you are a beginner No problem We show you how to start and set up your hookah from scratch, Because Pars Market is A one-stop shop for all your Hookah shisha smoking needs. We offer high quality of hookahs products from all shapes and sizes at the lowest prices available in the market.  guaranteed top quality hookahs and shisha at the lowest prices. Each one of our hookah products are crafted to the highest standards and completely authentic. Our hookahs (hooka, huka) are functional, attractive, durable and available to you. Come inside and see which hookah strikes your fancy!

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Large selection of Gaz at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

 

Iranian Gaz

Iranian gaz is a Persian nougat, a traditional candy which originated in the Esfahan city of Central Iran that has derived its name from a native desert plant in the Zagros mountain range called gaz – angebin (sap of angebin) of the Tamarisk family. The sap of this plant which is milky and sweet, is annually collected and blended with other ingredients such as almond kernels or pistachio, egg white and rose water to make gaz candy, which imparts an unique flavor to the confection preserving its uniqueness when compared to the similar European nougats. Traditionally, the Iranian gaz is made in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean households, where it enjoys the status of being a staple sweet.

 

Gaz Nougat at Pars Market

 

 

Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Gaz Candy

 

In Esfahan, as per the old tradition, the sweet milky juice is extracted from the stems of the plant collected from the mountains, which are brought downhill to the towns and stored inside copper vessels. A raw mixture is made with the other ingredients like rosewater, almond or pistachio kernels, egg white and this milk which is beaten to a desired consistency over heat and finally, given candy shapes by hand. The handmade, old fashioned Iranian gaz nougats are individually shaped round which typically have a diameter of 2 to 3 inches with half an inch of thickness. For making the modern Iranian gaz, aluminum foil is sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, over which, a hard mixture made by combining egg whites, corn syrup, pistachios, salt, sugar and water over heat, is layered smoothly, refrigerated and finally, brought out when set and cut into squares.

 

Soltani Gaz at Pars Market

 Storing, Serving and Eating Gaz Candy

Traditionally, the Iranian gaz is eaten as an anytime snack, although it may also be served formally at dinner accompanied by hot tea. This Iranian sweet is also a popular entrée during the festive occasions, during when many confectioneries sell these nougats wrapped in gift boxes, as they make for ideal presents for relatives. 

 

Ashrafi Gaz in Gift wrap at Pars Market

 

 

The Iranian gaz candies are not wrapped individually; instead, all the nougat slices are packed in a single box with flour dusting, so as to keep the sweets from gluing to one another. Generally, these confections are stored in wooden boxes, although in some modern households or stores, metal, cardboard or plastic boxes are also used. Often, the Iranian gaz may be sold in larger sizes, which are cut into bite sized pieces just before serving or eating.

 

Close up view of Ashrafi Gaz in Gift wrap at Pars Market

 At Pars Market we carry large selection of Different kind and style of Gaz, Our selection is amazing and quality of our gaz is the best and all so tasty, come down to Pars Market and try them this famous Persian candy for yourself and enjoy the taste of it! 

 

Saltanati Gaz at Pars Market

Gaz Candy: Trivia 

The Iranian gaz stored with flour is called “gaz-e-ardi”. which available at Pars Market!

 

Gaz-e-Ardi Esfehan at Pars Market                        

 

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Jams & Preserves

It’s a lazy Sunday morning, sun streaming through the kitchen window, and you’re making breakfast for your sweetie.  Simple: coffee, toast and jam.  So this had better be some special jam, because store-brand grape clearly won’t cut it.
Bilberry jam from Lebanon fits the bill – so does rose petal jam from Greece.  There is also orange marmalade from Scotland, where it was invented in 1561 by the royal physician for Mary Queen of Scots.
In fact, all of the jams and preserves at Pars Market are fit for royalty.  Preserves from Greece, Lebanon, Germany, Scotland, France, Switzerland and Austria.   Vivid flavors from apricot to pomegranate and fig to pink grapefruit.  Try some of these eye-opening flavors and wake up your lazy Sunday morning.



PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY # 109
COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

http://www.parsmarketcolumbia.com

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Introduction of Pars Market

Pars Market has been in business since Jan 2010. We are family-owned and committed to the highest standards of quality in our products. We carry a large variety of hard-to-find international groceries, food products from Iran, Turkey, Greek, Egypt, Lebanon, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Armenia and beyond.

We have a collection of unique and exotic foods, spices, Hookahs , and supplies), Tobacco, and International phone cards, and so much more!
Take advantage of special discounts, our permanently low prices We carry a large selection of your Favorite Mediterranean Foods, Spices, Teas, Coffees and Cheeses & Pastry… come by to check us out for our Unique and High quality products at the lowest prices in the market our grocery store delivers that and more! Come on down to our store, meet our friendly staff and see our fantastic line of products for yourself.
We look forward to your visit!

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