Many Persian dishes are prepared with herbs, vegetables and rice along with beef, lamb, poultry, and fish. The frequent use of fresh green herbs and vegetables in Iranian foods make Persian cuisine a healthy choice for dining. Iran has a long history of agriculture, and use of fresh fruit in Persian recipes is very common. Ancient Persia has always had four seasons and that gave Persian cuisine a wide range of flavors, from tropical foods, to hot pot dishes that are popular on a chilly winter day.