Smithsonian Magazine



Clockwise from top: A plate of wild honey on a hand-woven Bakhtiari rug. Jahan stacking the evening’s acorn bread, which she bakes in a large round pan coated with the ash from oak wood, to prevent it from burning. Hossein, his hands stained black from walnut husks, drinks chai. Kianoush and his cousin Alboorz cook sheep ribs. A string of green acorns, which are a staple of the Bakhtiari diet. They’re not only turned into bread but, powdered, are added to milk to ease digestion. Acorns serve as decoration­s and charms, too.

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