The large waves of immigration to this country from the four corners of the world have created a melting pot of culinary treats concentrated in one small space. As you wonder through food markets, and trawl through menus, you will encounter cuisines from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and East Asia. While for years these different styles stayed separated from each other, the leading contemporary Israeli chefs enjoy mixing and matching traditions to create exciting new Israeli recipes.
As an aside, Israel is an outstanding places for vegetarians and even vegans. Whilst there is plenty of excellently cooked meat, Israel also offers many vegetarian staples such as hummus and falafel which are both made from chickpeas; sabich which is made from aubergine, egg, potato and herbs; and shakshuka which is made from eggs poached in a rich tomato and pepper sauce.
Delving into this food culture can be a little bewildering, but at Pomegranate Travel we believe that it is an important part of any Israel tour. Don’t just come and see and listen – get involved and smell and taste!
We love arranging special food tasting tours with leading chefs, specialist food historians, or foodie bloggers who will guide you through the most famous food and spice markets to the tastiest Israeli titbits and help you understand and appreciate the different flavours.
Israelis are obsessed with their cheeses, and we invite you and all the family to visit a rural goat cheese farm and see where it all starts!
Meet the locals for a more in depth experience. We offer home hospitality with, amongst others, Druze, Bedouin and Orthodox Jewish families.
If you’re looking to wow and surprise your loved ones out here in Israel, we highly recommend a private wilderness meal.
Of course, great food deserves to be accompanied by exceptional wine. The grapevine is one of the seven Biblical native species of Israel listed in the book of Deuteronomy, and this land has a strong wine making tradition.
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