 Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon: Food from this region is known as Levantine cuisine. Central to this cuisine is fresh ingredients seasoned with seeds, spices, and herbs. Spice mixes such as baharat and za’atar are also commonly used. Like most cultures around the world, when the people in the Middle East celebrate occasions or events, food plays a significant part. From Eid ul-Adha to Ramadan and Purim to Passover, these holidays and observances are anchored by a feast, with dishes as varied as the many regions that celebrate them.



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