The technology of Abkhazian and Megrelian Ajika now has a status of intangible cultural heritage.
The status of the monument was given to the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Ketevan Papava and Archil Zambakhidze in the framework of the “Georgian Taste Heritage”.
What is known today as the name of “Ajika” is actually “Apirpil-Ajika”, meaning pepper salt. It is presumed from the 15th century.
According to the legend, the owners of pets started mixing peppers in salts for shepherds,
Archil Zambakhidze: “Within the framework of the project” Georgian Taste Heritage “, we traveled around Georgia and found 140 recipes of Ajika. Among them are the familiar and absolutely unknown Georgian recipes. It is planned them to be granted as cultural heritage as well step by step.”