The Food at Masada
Ancient Palestinian munchies
All of these foods have been eaten in Palestine since ancient times.
Masada is located in present day Israel which, until 1948, was Palestine.
Hummus was eaten very often because the ingredients were very easy to obtain.
Hummus means chickpeas in Arabic
Hummus is popular throughout the Middle East
Follows Jewish dietary laws
Part of everyday meals
Usually served warm
Hashweh was a fairly common dish because it is made with ingredients that were almost always in a Palestinian kitchen even though some of the spices were from Asia.
The meat was lamb in ancient times
Hashweh can easily feed large groups
Sometimes served with yogurt mixed in
Can be served with pine nuts
Mujaddarah is usually eaten by the poor unless meat is added, it is then a celebration dish.
Mujaddarah means pockmarked in Arabic, referring to the lentils
Most ingredients were easily obtainable
Several ancient texts talked about mujaddarah being eaten by the poor
Za'atar is a popular spice throughout the Middle East
A combination of herbs, sesame seeds and spices
Usually eaten at breakfast
Can be eaten as a snack
Said to increase joint health and make people smarter
Also used in medicine