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Apricot, Armenia’s Fruit

Apricot, Armenia’s Fruit

The luscious season of summer fruits in Armenia begins with June, the month of apricots. Every year, the country bursts with trees loaded with the world’s biggest, juiciest, and most flavorful apricots. Apricots are the fruit of Armenia. Even its scientific name, Prunus Armeniaca, or Armenian prunes, honors that fact. Recently, apricot cores excavated from …

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How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia’s Most Endangered Species

How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia’s Most Endangered Species

In the early summer of 2017, visitors to Yerevan Botanical Garden in Armenia’s capital were likely to come across an unusual sight: one of the country’s last remaining Caucasian leopards, patiently awaiting guests on his outdoor perch. Often he’d sit, occasionally he’d pace, and once in a while he’d roar. Despite the animal’s sharp teeth and …

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A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlands

A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlands

For as long as they have lived in the country’s highlands, Armenians have harvested the indigenous edible green plants, transforming them into cherished dishes. The high mineral content of Armenia’s soil, made possible by centuries of volcanic ash, makes the country a botanist’s dream. Thus, while some may take offense at the old Russian proverb, …

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Spot the Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

Spot the Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

Impressive local fauna is thriving again in Southern Armenia’s new Caucasus Wildlife Refuge About four years ago, a remote camera in Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge caught the tail of a Caucasian leopard. Also known as a Persian leopard or a Central Asian leopard, the animal dates back millennia in Armenia’s history and iconography, but hadn’t been see in the area …

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Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Time

Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Time

The 1000 Leaf Project aims to document Armenia’s hundreds of edible plants and mushrooms with help from local residents A few years ago, Serda Ozbenian and two friends were hiking, searching for bezoar goats around southeast Armenia’s Smbataberd Fortress, when they noticed a patch of wild stinging nettle growing near the ruin’s entrance. While most …

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