Armenian Herb in Fatouche Salad
Answered by: Yvonne Tremblay
Question from: Brigitte Yeranossian
Posted on: April 20, 2007

I am Armenian, and we make a summer salad called fatouche. We eat it during the summer because this herb which is really a weed I believe is only available (sparsely at that) during the summer months. We call it "bahtleh". My mom said the Italians call it "agra dolce" because it is sweet and sour. The salad consists of iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, sumac (another spice), dried pita bread, lemon and olive oil.

Long winded I know but I thought if you had heard of this herb or weed maybe you could tell me where I could find it to grow it in my herb pot for the summer enjoyment of this wonderful salad.

I am familiar with the tasty bread salad called "fatouche" or "fattoush". Italians serve something similar called "panzanella" in Tuscany and they put fresh basil in it. "Agrodolce" is Italian for "sweet and sour" and is a general term. It would help if you were able to describe how it looks or tastes, or perhaps you can get another person who may be able to identify it or give a translation for the word "bahtleh". I have seen recipes that have mint or cilantro in fatouche. Where can do you purchase sumac? How much do you use in the recipe?

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