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Try Something New and Healthy from Israel

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

With summer just around the corner everyone is on the lookout for light, healthy eating options. The growing popularity of Mediterranean cuisine worldwide is testament not only to the health benefits but also to the taste.   Including a variety of new spices and ingredients in your kitchen can transform your cooking from bland to brilliant.

One Mediterranean classic that is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, is shakshouka. Derived from the Hebrew word to shake, the eggs are poached in a rich sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, red capsicum and spiced with cumin. Mopped up with the obligatory pita there aren’t many better ways to start the day. In Israel, you can even buy the shakshouka mix in a can and just add the eggs making it a foolproof dish. Shakshouka, originally from North Africa, has become a mainstay of the Israeli diet.

As Israel has absorbed immigrants from almost every country in the world it has become a culinary crossroads where European, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines blend together to create mouth-watering combinations. Sabich, originally an Iraqi dish, is another example of popular Israeli street food. Fried eggplant slices and hard-boiled eggs are stuffed in a pita with hummus, tahini, salad, parsley and amba, a mango pickle. A delicious, healthy combination that can be enjoyed almost any time of day.

With a reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables, a large number of Israeli dishes are suitable for vegetarians. Many of the popular salads and dips are vegan including the ubiquitous hummus. Growing health awareness has seen the development of many products that are lactose-free, gluten-free and/or sugar-free. With 25% annual growth Israel’s organic food sector is rapidly expanding to meet the demands of health conscious consumers worldwide. As most food in Israel is produced under strict kosher supervision customers can rest assured that labeling is accurate.

Whether products are produced by large conglomerates such as the Strauss or Osem Groups, or made in dedicated single-product factories, consumers are ensured a combination of high quality ingredients produced by state of the art production processes. Israel’s advanced high-end technology mixed with leading-edge research is producing innovative products that enhance international cuisine.  One example of these novel new products is the range of non-GMO Soy based products made by NutriGal, of the Galam Group.

Last year Israeli food imports to Australia grew by almost 9% as consumers looked to expand their food options with an increasingly sophisticated  range of high-quality goods including olives, olive oil, wines, chocolates, condiments, frozen pastries, and much more.  Whether it’s a boutique olive oil, a cup of mint tea, or a sabich sandwich, enjoy something new today at your nearest supermarket or delicatessen.

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