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5 Signature Products From The Holy Land

The best products that the holiest place in the world has to offer

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1. Wine


Wine is probably the best thing this land has to offer. Maybe it's because of the holiness of the land or perhaps it's just the soil. The soil composition of vineyards is one of the most important viticultural considerations when planting grape vines. The soil supports the root structure of the vine and influences the drainage levels and amount of minerals and nutrients that the vine is exposed to. Psagot Winery, with its fascinating story, rich soil, and delicious wine is a very good place to start.

2. Tahini (pronounced in the holy land: T-chi-na)


Not to be confused with Hummus, this condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds goes well with almost anything. Tahini is used in Lebanese, Armenian, Greek, Cypriot, Iranian, Turkish, Iraqi, Levantine, North African and Bulgarian cuisines. But the best Tahini comes from the holy land (where it's pronounced "t'china"). Tahini is served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva. It is also widely used in Chinese and South East Asian cuisine, notably Vietnamese cuisine.

In the holy land they even put it on vanilla ice cream sometimes (WTH!) but it's delicious.

3. Date honey


Date honey, date syrup, or rub (Arabic: رُب, pronounced rubb), in Hebrew, pronounced 'silan,' is a thick, dark brown, very sweet fruit syrup extracted from dates. It is widely used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. It is used in Israel as a dip for bread, in pastries, as a topping and more and has been a staple of Judean cuisine since biblical times. In fact, ancient Judean coins from Roman times have a date palm on them, as dates -- because of date honey -- were a major cash crop for Jewish peasants and lords back then.

4. Falafel


Although you won’t be able to get falafel from the Holy Land without visiting here I had to include it on my list. Made from chickpeas, garlic, and lots of spices, falafel is really one of the most delicious types of food you can get. Here’s my favorite recipe for the best Falafel:

5. Olives


Olives can be found anywhere, but these Middle Easter olives will make you crave more. With a unique flavor and texture, you can almost taste the land. With wine, cheese or even hummus, these olives are the best side dish to eat on a warm night in the Holy Land.

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