The History Of Lebanese Food
One of the most popular Middle Eastern cuisines is the Lebanese cuisine, but the main thing that differentiate Lebanese food from the others is the influence of those who have ruled this ancient land throughout its unique history.
For most of its past, Lebanon has been ruled by foreign powers that have influenced the types of food the Lebanese ate.
By far the biggest part in this magical cuisine certainly has the Ottoman influence. For more than 400 years, the Ottoman Empire ruled the territory of Lebanon and left a great stamp on food tastes. Olive oil, fresh bread, baklava, laban, lamb meat, stuffed vegetables and of course dark Turkish coffee are just some of the many unique flavors that define Lebanese cuisine to this day.
When the Ottomans were defeated in World War I, the French took over Lebanon, bringing with them a very different cultural cuisine. From 1914-1946 the French introduced some of their most widely eaten foods such as their well-known buttery croissants, a caramel custard dessert and of course their mouth-watering pastries.
The Lebanese themselves have also helped to bring foods of other cultures into their diet. Located between Europe, Africa and Asia, Lebanon had the enviable position of borrowing food inspiration from all three continents. During their travels and explorations to various countries, the Lebanese people brought back with them the best these three continents had to offer. The rice, chilli spices and many more are the foods which became important part of the Lebanese food.
Whilst Lebanese food has undergone many changes over the years it has always maintained a strong connection with its roots and historic influences. If you are looking to try one of the world’s healthiest and most delicious cuisines, you have come to the right place.
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