Around the World in 80 Plates: Lebanon

Welcome to the Middle East! Captain Create has landed in Lebanon, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. People have lived in Lebanon since before recorded time, and archaeologists have found homes, pots, and tools dating as far back as 5,000 BC and it is believed that some cities in Lebanon have been inhabited since then! No abandoned ruins or ghost towns here; just more people living, working and eating!

There is a lot of history that happened in Lebanon from the Phoenicians, to the Romans, Alexander the Great, the Crusades, multiple civil wars, so look it up if you’d like to learn some of the long history of this area.

Now Lebanon has big cities and lots of people eating food from all around the world, and they share their cuisine (a collection of foods from the area that are most often eaten and grown there) with the rest of the world.

A most famous dish from this area of the world is tabbouleh (tab-boo-lee). Herbs, bulgur wheat, and veggies are combined with a light dressing to make a yummy side dish, or lunch if you add a piece of flatbread or a piece of grilled meat.

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