YEREVAN, March 17. / ARKA /. Lebanese Gardenia Lebniz Farms is establishing pecan orchards in Kotayk region to grow the American variety of the fruit, the agricultural ministry said today.
The news came following a meeting of Armenian agriculture minister Sergo Karapetyan with Lebanese ambassador to Armenia, Jean Makaron, head of Gardenia Lebniz Farms Nicola Abu Faisal and a
representative of the same company Jamil Abdeim.
The Lebanese company has already chosen 20 hectares of land in Yeghvard and is making preparatory work for planting the first pecan trees brought from the U.S. state of California.
Representatives of the company said that some products of the company - olives, spices and grains, will be sold in Armenian stores soon. In his turn Sergo Karapetyan promised to cooperate fully with the Lebanese company. The Lebanese company sells its products to more than 40 countries.
Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America. Sweet and rich, the pecan's distinct flavor and texture is the result of its high levels of monosaturated oil - in fact, it is the fattiest of all nuts. It goes well in both savory and sweet dishes.. Pecan trees grow also in the Crimea, Central Asia and the Caucasus. -0-