Food & Recipes

The Meaning of Bread in Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

It is usage in Palestine to serve bread with almost every dish. The women used to make it in the oven which they shared with others in the neighbourhood or village, the tabun. Most of the wheat came on a camel's back from Beersheba, 90 kilometer away from Bethlehem, to the town's Saturday market. People used to buy a supply enough for one year. They kept it in stores next to their houses to p(...)

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Home-Made Snacks in Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Turmus: Soak dried grains for twelve hours, boil until ripe, change water daily for three days till the turmus is not anymore bitter, serve with salt.

Full: Soak corn for twelve hours, boil till ripe, take off water and serve the full hot or cold with salt.

Balila: Soak chickpeas for twelve hours, boil until ripe, take off water and serve hot or cold with salt.

Bushar: He(...)

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Herbs of Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Shomar (fennel). This plant grows wild and is gathered for salads and used for medicinal purposes.

Miryamia (mint). When Mary fled from King Herod to Egypt with her child Jesus, she sat down under the shade of a scrub. She took a sprig and wiped with the leaves the sweat from her face. Finding refreshment she said to the plant: "Be thou blessed forever." Since that day the plant is cal(...)

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Palestinian Food Preparation: Past and Present

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

PALESTINIAN FOOD PREPARATION: PAST AND PRESENT

Palestine's history is scarred by wars, occupation and suffering. Throughout the ages the people faced a difficult and often poverty-stricken life. Most lived simply. Villagers prepared their meals with home-grown products. The goats and sheep they tended helped them to make butter, yoghurt and white cheese. Rice and corn were part of the (...)

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Fruits of Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

FRUITS OF PALESTINE

Cultural meanings

1. THE BLESSED TREE

Olive is the major crop in Palestine, covering about 25% of the gross agricultural income. The olive cultivation, picking, pressing and marketing involves more than 100.000 people and is an important economic base in the West Bank.

The Palestinian farmers feel very close to their land. The olive tree, which (...)

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