A traditional Berber dish. Kouscous is known as ‘the North Africa national dish’ shared by Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Egypt and Libya.
First reference to Kuskus was in the 13th-century North African Cookbook: Kitāb al-tabǐkh fǐ al-Maghrib wa’l-Andalus “The cookbook of the Maghreb and Al-Andalus”.
In the levant, a version of kouscous is called Maftool among Palestinians or Mughrabiyah among Lebanese.
Originally Turkish, Shawerma has become a staple of all Arab countries as well. It is made of chicken, lamb, or beef that is heated and cut from a rotating spit.
It is usually eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon, tahini, hummus, and pickled vegetables.
It is also similar to Turkish Doner Kebab, Greek Gyros, and Armenian Tarna.
Labneh is strained yogurt.
It is a traditional food in the Levant, Eastern Mediterranean, Near East, and South Asia, where it is often used in cooking.
Labneh is a popular mezze dish and sandwich ingredient and is usually eaten with olive oil and sometimes zaatar.
The etymology of the Arabic word kubbeh refers to “ball” or “lump”. It is a Levantine dish made of burghul (cracked wheat), minced onions and finely ground lean meat.
It can be made into balls and deep fried, eaten raw, or spread into a tray. It is often eaten with yogurt (laban).
13. Chocolate-coated cream treats
What Israelis call Krembo was previously known across the region as Ras El Abed.
The treat was popular as a homemade sweet that was usually eaten in the winter and spring instead of ice-cream. It was homemade and in manufacturing production (by lebanese company Ghandour) across the Middle East and long before Israeli manufacturers remade a version that they called Krembo.
14. More Information:
Most of the written information in this article came from Wikipedia and common knowledge.
There are many more Mediterranean and Arab foods but this is a reply to a previous buzzfeed article ‘19 Israeli Delicacies That Aren’t Hummus’ that claimed that these foods are Israeli.
There is much to learn about Israel’s land theft and cultural appropriation, but perhaps you can start with these articles:
On uprooting Palestinian olive trees visit the Electronic Intifada to access an article titled: Heritage Uprooted
and for information on water, visit Haaretz to access an article titled: The Israeli ‘watergate’ scandal: The facts about Palestinian water
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