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There Is An Island In Iran Where The Residents Add Mud & Soil To Their Food Instead Of Spices

Written by on April 4, 2024

We love loads of spices in our food and why shouldn’t we? But each country has a different way of adding spices to their meal and there is an island on this small planet that uses soil or mud as spices for their food.

Hormuz Island - Wikipedia

That’s right! Not only do the residents of this island add soil and mud to their food but also relish it.

This edible soil is available on a colourful mountain which is also the only edible mountain in the world. It is located on Hormuz Island, Iran. This place is also known as Rainbow Island because of the colourful soil released on these colourful mountains. 

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The residents also cook this edible soil differently and have some very popular dishes where they add this soil just like spices. They take the fresh fish out of the water, such as sardines, kilka and another kind called ‘momagh’, clean them and marinate them in the peel of sour oranges and this particular sauce in a large container and leave it in the sun for two days.

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Then it’s cooked to become a delicious meal called ‘suragh’. Its appetizing taste and colour are very popular among tourists from both Iran and abroad.

ZAV Architects built colorful-domed housing made of rammed earth and sand  on Hormuz island, Iran

The wide-ranging colours of the soil include white, yellow, red, green, orange, beige, brown, light turquoise, and even gold. From a geology perspective, the island is one of the most important salt domes in the world. Not just that, the soil is also rich in minerals making it healthy as well. 

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The Hormuz island is located in the Persian Gulf and has some very colourful beaches as well.

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