Ajika granted the status of an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia
21 November, 2018
Ajika granted the status of an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia
The traditional Megrelian and Abkhazian technology of Ajika, Georgian spicy sauce was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia list. The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation granted the technology the status in the framework of the project “Georgian Taste Heritage” provided by Ketevan Papava and Archil Zambakhidze.

Ajika is a hot and spicy Georgian sauce originated in Samegrelo and Abkhazia regions (western part of Georgia). The main ingredients are red pepper, garlic, and dried spice. There are variations of
the sauce spread all over Georgia. It is a perfect addition to fish and meat as well as dishes containing potatoes and beans.

Legend has it that the history of Ajika dates back to 15th century when the landlords started to add pepper to the salt supplied for the livestock. They thought adding pepper would keep the shepherds from taking the salt for them. However, the shepherds mix salt and pepper with garlic and mountain herbs and thus, Ajika was created.
ajika
According to the organizers of the project, they have collected 140 recipes of the well-known and unknown Georgian meals. It is scheduled to grant each of the Georgian dishes the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia step by step.

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