A – ALPHABETS

So I am going to start this new idea. Every few days or once a week I will choose a letter in the alphabet and research the following topics which begin with that letter.

I’m doing this to find out things I don’t know so it is to educate myself and find out fun facts. I hope you enjoy this post too 🙂

Today’s letter = A 

Country = Armenia 

This is a country in the western part of Asia, the capital of which is Yerevan. It became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991. It’s neighbouring countries include Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran. Its population is 3.1m and the main religion is Christianity.

The largest Armenian populations today exist in Russia, the United States, France, Georgia, Iran, Ukraine, Lebanon, Brazil and Syria.

Armenian food includes ‘harissa’ which is a porridge made of wheat and meat. Other traditional foods include ‘byorek’ which is a pie made from filo pastry stuffed with cheese or spinach. A main course can include ‘fasulya’ which is a green bean stew with lamb and tomato broth. For dessert, Armenians enjoy ‘kadaif’ which is shredded dough with cream, cheese or chopped walnut filling soaked with sugar syrup.

The currency used is ‘Dram.’

Animal = Angelfish

The angelfish comes from the Animalia Kingdom. Its Scientific name is Pomacanthidae. It is an omnivore and its size ranges from 7cm to 30cm. Its life span is anywhere from 8 to 15 years and it is currently considered to be of threatened status.

There are around 100 different species of angelfish that inhabit the waters of the southern hemisphere. There are two main types of angelfish, those that live in the freshwater rivers in South America (freshwater angelfish) and those angelfish that inhabit the salty ocean waters (marine angelfish).

The freshwater angelfish is a tropical species of cichlid, brightly coloured freshwater fish,  distantly related to the cichlids found in specific lakes in Africa. The marine angelfish are believed to be most closely related to the butterfly fish.

Angelfish can come in different colours such as black, white, yellow, green, blue, orange. Its habitat is rivers or coral reefs and its prey are other fish, algae.

Flower = Agapanthus

This is also known as Star of Bethlehem. It is extremely tough and a hardy plant. It comes from South Africa and there are about 10 different species. It is often called the Lily of the Nile, although not a lily itself but it refers to its origins. There are Agapanthus flowers in dark blue, pale blue and white.

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Vitamin = Vitamin A 

This has several functions. It is also known as retinol.

It helps the immune system to work as it should against infections and it keeps the skin and the linings of some parts of the body healthy.

A good source of Vitamin A include: cheese, eggs, oily fish, milk and yogurt.

Good sources of beta-carotene, the main safe dietary source of vitamin A, essential for normal growth and development, immune system function, and vision, can be converted into vitamin A by the body. The main food sources of beta-carotene are: yellow, red and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers. Yellow Fruits include mango, papaya, apricots.

Fruit = Apricots

Apricots are full of beta-carotene and also a source of vitamin C. They are relatives to peaches but are small and golden/orange fruits with a velvety skin and not too juicy inside. They are rich in antioxidants and protect eyesight from aging related damage.

Apricots originated from China but arrived in Europe via Armenia.

Word of the Day = ambrosial

Ambrosial means = exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell, delicious, fragrant, divine.

It is pronounced [am-broh-zhuh l].

Examples:

I could smell the ambrosial odours coming from the kitchen. 

It was your ambrosial beauty. 

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