Samardala is a typical, traditional, and truly unique Bulgarian spice mix. It is also known as Bulgarian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum ssp. Bulgaricum) (самардала) and is something of a cult spice in several pockets of eastern Bulgaria, particularly in the Balkan Mountains around Stara Zagora and Sliven, as well as in Strandzha. A native of the Black Sea and Mediterranean Basins, honey garlic prefers shady and damp habitats and it grows in bulbs.
Bulgarian honey garlic is usually mixed with salt before it’s dried and crushed, or its taste would otherwise be too strong. It’s a great addition to potato meals, rice, meats, mushrooms or fresh salads, particularly if you want to evoke the taste of eastern Bulgaria.