Benefits of Za’atar! For Levantine cuisine lovers

If you live inside Middle East or at least you are a fan of its cuisine, then Za’atar should be a familiar condiment to you. If is not something that you know about, here is what you should find out about this precious spice mixture. Za’atar is popular inside the Arab cuisine but you’ll find it the most in Levantine region, in countries like Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Syria, as a blend of hyssop, sumac, sesame and salt. There are several traditional dishes and local pies that use Za’atar to add great flavour, and most of use love them, while another way of eating Za’atar is beside Arabic pita bread, dipped in olive oil.

Medical benefits and beliefs

In Folk Medicine, Middle Eastern people were convinced that Za’atar can reduce and eliminate internal parasites. In Palestine there are many who think Za’atar can increase the intelligence, so kids are often encouraged to eat it for breakfast, before school time.                                        Photo- Lebanese Flatbread (Man’oushe Za’atar)091f974e99c9d8bd804663ce9e996b1e




Western Asian flavours and the Kurdish cuisine

04ef0397-1491-4db6-8f35-bff596077db6-mKnowing a Kurdish family may be the perfect opportunity to get familiar with their cuisine, as well. The Kurdish cuisine (Çêştî Kurdî), is composed of a wide variety of food that Kurdish people prepare since centuries ago. Analyzing where the region of Kurdistan is positioned, we won’t be surprised to notice the cultural similarities of Kurds with their very close neighbouring countries, such as Iran, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Armenia. Kurdish cuisine have as well some dishes that you will find them in the Indian subcontinent and Arab Gulf countries, such as biryani. If there is a way to describe the cuisine of Kurdistan, one may say thay it is a typical western Asian cuisine.
                            (Kurdish traditional food)