"Dardimans was born from my parents’ desire to bring Armenian delicacies to the American market. It all started over a Sunday morning conversation with my parents and grandparents.
The whole family decided to re-create dried goods like they used to make in Armenia. It started with a simple recipe from my great grandmother’s cookbook, which my mom has kept as one of her treasures. One attempt turned into many, and through the process we realized the incredible possibilities of these recipes and especially drying methods. One of them was dehydrating, and as a tester we tried to dehydrate our oranges from the backyard. We couldn’t believe they tasted as good as they looked.
One of the very first descriptions was it looked like “stained glass,” and it really does. It is stunning, and you are mesmerized by every trace of the composition, especially when you hold it up to the sun. These first-ever oranges dried from our very own tree were the initial spark to the rest of the collection. We tried almost every fruit to think of and landed on the 14 best varieties in this medium."
~ Above: Annie Babayan holds a Bachelor’s in political science from University of California Santa Barbara and completed two years of part-time law school until she decided to take a leave to join her father full time with Dardimans as the chief executive officer.
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