When we lived in Abkhazia and entertained foreign visitors – British, Romanian, French, Italian etc.. their reaction to Ajika was amazing. Their faces lit up as the taste of this special spice blend tantalised their taste buds and they started to spread it on everything they were consuming. There was no doubt that Ajika would be popular, it was just a matter of when.
Nowadays many varieties of Ajika exist.
Manufacturers in Georgia and Russia have their own versions and own varieties. We have stuck to the authentic and true recipe of our Abkhazian Grandmothers. Replicating the exact taste and aroma of the Ajika we have grown up with and love was so important to us when we decided to produce and promote Ajika here.
There is also a green variety of Ajika with even more of a herby flavour. Ajika green is particularly good with dips and recipes with cheese. This is our next product to launch soon, so watch this space!!
Abkhazia is a forgotten land hidden amongst the wooded mountains of the Caucasus on the Black Sea Coast. Generally regarded as part of Georgia in the West, Abkhazia has been recognised as an independent state by a handful of countries, the largest of which is Russia.
We know Abkhazia is pretty difficult to say, so here’s a phonetic transcription to help you out /a b kh a z i ya/
Ajika, in the Abkhaz language means salt. Traditionally Ajika was know as ‘apyrpyl-ajiaka’ meaning pepper salt, as such, Ajika can be used instead of salt, but also adds heat and flavour.
At the moment, you can buy Ajika in several local shops around Doncaster; Scicluna Deli, Hatfield prison farm shop and The Victoria Tea Rooms. The Road to Damascus in Sowbry Bridge, and we have an online stockist at Stroudco Food Hub. Ajika is also being sold in London at various markets around Chiswick and Ealing by the producer of Il Belice Ltd, who also sell refreshing food products from Sciliy such as extra virgin olive oil, olive pate, sun dried tomato spread and their best seller, tuna and orange pate.
Initially when we started, Ajika was made from our domestic kitchen at home. As demand has grown, we are now manufacturing in a specialised unit in Doncaster town centre. Also very excited to being doing this, as Doncaster is about to go through a period of regeneration of our famous market and town centre.
We are based in Doncaster South Yorkshire, bringing the taste of the Caucasus mountains to the green hills of the UK.
Ajika primarily is a salty spice blend. And it’s a spice like no other. It has an aroma that just makes you want to try it. The flavour is so distinctive yet so broad that it allows you to use it in pretty much anything and everything. It’s great to add to uncooked snacks but also to any cooked dish.
So Ajika can be anything you want it to be, a condiment, a seasoning, a rub, a paste, spread, dip or salad dressing. So unique in its versatility and flavour, it really is a must-have.