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Levantine cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Levant, known in Arabic as the Bilad al-Sham, which covers a large area of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is found in the modern states of Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and parts of southern Turkey near Adana, Gaziantep, and Antakya (the former Vilayet of Aleppo). Conversely, some of the dishes listed below may have early origins in neighboring regions, but have long since become traditions in the Levant.

Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of Levantine cuisine is meze including tabbouleh, hummus and baba ghanoush.

Levantine dishes

Fattoush is a Levantine pita bread salad that includes mixed greens and other vegetables[1]
Fattoush is a Levantine pita bread salad that includes mixed greens and other vegetables[1]
Kibbeh nayyeh
Makdous
Manakish
Mujaddara
Falafel

Geographical varieties of Levantine cuisine

See also

References

  1. ^ Wright, 2003, p. 241

Bibliography

  • Wright, Clifford A. (2003). Little foods of the Mediterranean: 500 fabulous recipes for antipasti, tapas, hors d'oeuvre, meze, and more (Illustrated ed.). Harvard Common Press. ISBN 1-55832-227-2.

Further reading