Dates arak.The fruit also makes appearances in traditional Iranian

Dates are special fruits because they can be consumed throughout three
stages of ripeness. Dates are traditionally found in Middle Eastern dishes
because the fruit is native to the area more specifically north Africa, India
and Pakistan. The fruit was traditionally planted next to homes to provide
shade from the sun.  The Middle Eastern climate
is ideal for the growth of a date plant so much so that they are only
commercially produced in Spain and California. There are several date varieties
which can be used in different ways. The caryotae or “stupid head” is used in
making wine and most Ethiopians dates are so dry that they are grounded into
flour to make bread. There still several places in the Middle East experimenting
with date trees to help add to thousands of varieties that are already
available. Out of all the varieties, Iraq has the most sought after varieties
due to their high sugar content. The most popular variety is called the Zahdi
is also cheap and used to make a popular distilled alcoholic beverage called
arak.The
fruit also makes appearances in traditional Iranian carpet next to twigs. In
addition to being featured in household items, dates are also found in many
mythologies the more well-known being Egyptian mythologies.

7-Spice is also very popular and
frequently used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s a spice blend with cumin,
ground coriander, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamon. It really gives that
middle eastern flare to the dishes. Persian style red lentil soup also called
“Adasi” in Persia is a Middle Eastern soup, usually using turmeric, cinnamon
and seven spices as the seasoning spice. It is a very common and popular soup
in Iran because, the ingredients are expensive, and the cooking method is very
simple. Basically, everything is placed inside a pot, cover and cook until
tender. In addition to being simple, the Persian style lentil soup always
contains other grains inside such as rice or bulgur so, many people eat this
soup as a main starch source.  On the
other hand, most of the Persia are Islam which includes a vegan or vegetarian
diet. So Persian style of red lentil soup is usually a vegan soup that use
water as the cooking liquid instead of chicken stock. Those are the reason why
lentil soup is so popular in Iran. The traditional topping of this soup is
caramelized onions which is call “Piaz dagh” in Iran. 

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