Think you Know Druze Cuisine? #GoIsrael

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Israel offers a multitude of food cultures, one of the least well known that of the Druze, a sect that is highly religious, believes in reincarnation, and like all Israelis, loves great food.

 

IMG-20141122-07078We tour the Galilee region with local food expert Paul Nirens, who finds local cooks from different ethnicities and offers classes for foodie tourist to cook with them.

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After touring an olive oil mill (olive trees are everywhere) we visit the home of P’inia, a local Druit woman, who greets us with sweet Turkish coffee and sweet teas made from herbs.

We taste a variety of small bites, freshly cured olives, a sweet whipped cheese with very think sheets of Druid  pita bread, and some sweet fried dough with a variety of stuffings such as cheese and meat.  As Los Angeles has a very strong middle-eastern culture, none of the flavors were exactly new to me, yet it was really a treat to see a family whose cuisine – quite literally – was their life.

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