Nuts — in all shapes, sizes and hues

DUBAI — The Lebanese Pavilion in the Global Village has a lot to offer to shoppers looking for good bargains in the last week of the large shopping and entertainment facility.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 6 Feb 2007, 9:38 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:26 AM

There is a wide spread of nuts, traditional sweets, pickled vegetables and syrups on offer.

The cane baskets are arranged in a neat array, lining the front of the stalls. There are an incredible varieties of nuts in the baskets, in all shapes, sizes and hues. Another area is earmarked for traditional, tempting, mouth-watering sweets. The aroma tells us we are in the Lebanese Pavilion at the Global Village.

The pavilion has a few stalls dealing in authentic Lebanese foods and makes sure that their display is extremely attractive. Hence if it is pickled vegetable we are looking at, they have rich red tomatoes, healthy carrot pieces, ginger, garlic, lime and other vegetables packed aesthetically in small glass bottles, the packing so artistic that one would even contemplate keeping it as a kitchen decoration instead of opening and downing the contents hungrily!

There are well over 40 traditional Lebanese sweets available in the pavilion. Some of these have a rose essence as the base, others have a surprising sugar and pepper combination and there is also the age-old cardamom and sugar mixture. With fancy names such as kibch kornfol, zanjabil, kizbara, nogua and caramel, these offer a fantastic glimpse of the desserts of Lebanon.

Nuts are an entire mind-boggling range, the cashewnuts, pistachio, hazel nuts, almonds and peanuts. If it’s seeds that catches our fancy, they have pumpkin seeds, special Iranian seeds, the typical Egyptian seeds, Palestinian seeds — but these are flavoured to ensure they turn out with the authentic Lebanese taste.

To round off the colourful picture, there are the syrups from Lebanon comprising, pomegranate in syrup, strawberry, lemon, mulberry syrups and several others that augur well for good health.

The list is long, the presentation is picturesque and the Lebanese people behind the stalls are warm and friendly too.

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