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Persian cuisine is diverse, with each province featuring dishes, culinary traditions and styles distinct to its region. It includes a wide variety of foods ranging from rice served with roasted meat, stews served with rice, rice with the addition of meat and/or vegetables and herbs and a diverse variety of salads, pastries, and drinks. The list of Persian recipes, appetizers and desserts is extensive.
Fresh green herbs are frequently used along with fruits such as plums and pomegranates. Typical Persian main dishes are combination of rice with meat, lamb, chicken, or fish, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic Persian flavorings such as saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately and used in some special dishes.