When you are in Lebanon, there are a couple of things you can be sure of. These include visiting attractive sites and having good quality food almost everywhere you go. Visitors to the U.S. are of the view that the food trends here are exclusive and cannot be found anywhere else across the world. But the reality is that many food trends that are now popular in the United States have long been the mainstays on Lebanese dining tables. Here we will be having a look at the different ways in which Lebanon food trends are a step ahead of the food trends in the U.S.
Lebanon Food: Savory Yoghurt
You might have heard of Greek yogurt, but there is something different about labneh. It is thick, strained yogurt, and a staple in Lebanese cuisine. It is consumed, especially for breakfast. Just like people have savory yogurt in the United States, labneh is famous in Lebanon.
The yogurt is great to combine with mint, olives, olive oil, zaatar, and various other ingredients along with bread. It is not combined with different sugary fruits like the way they eat yogurt in the U.S. Lebneh is even used in the form of an ingredient in several main dishes from Lebanon.
Lebanon Food: Pickled Veggies
When speaking of food trends in the U.S., you cannot afford to miss out on fermentation and pickling. Slowly, people in the States have started realizing that they can make pickles easily with different veggies and not just cucumbers.
Pickled turnips in bright pink color have gained huge popularity as a food trend in Lebanon. Tables containing mezze in vast quantities do not seem to be complete without the inclusion of pickled veggies or turnips, also called lift.
Cauliflowers are one significant food trend during the summers in the United States. They are used mainly in place of kale. But the noteworthy point is that they are consumed on an extensive scale in Lebanon as well. Fried cauliflowers with sliced eggplant and a squeeze of tahini sauce and lemon is a popular dish in Lebanon.
Plant-based meals are a huge hit in the United States, while legumes are getting a lot of love in Lebanon. People in Lebanon like having a lot of plant-based food items in their lunch and dinner. These meals are both healthy and delicious at the same time.
Nuts are going through a resurgence of sorts in the United States, mainly because of people’s fear of gaining extra fat. Nevertheless, the situation is entirely different in Lebanon, where people do not fear nuts. In Lebanon, nuts are considered classic snack items consumed with drinks. Even fresh almonds are highly popular across Lebanon.
Fruits are not consumed on a vast scale in the United States. But things are changing at a swift pace with fruits of different forms catching up with the food trends. In Lebanon, people worship fruits. They grow their fruits at home like figs, grapes, pomegranates, and passion fruit.