Why Israeli Food is the Best Food

April 2, 2021
Tal Weiss

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Class of 2022

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Whether it be mouth-watering shawarma or a tasteful falafel, you have to admit that Israeli food is one of a kind and hard to beat.

There are many different reasons why it’s simply the best:

1. Israeli food is one of the healthiest foods in the world making Israel ranked as one of the healthiest countries. Experts suggest you eat the Mediterranean diet as it includes whole grains, wine (just a bit), olive oil, fish and poultry, and very little dairy (the less dairy, the better skin). They also encourage eating salad with every meal! So not only will you be eating AMAZING food but you can be healthy while doing so.

2. I don’t know about you but when I eat Israeli food I feel like I connect to my ancestors and my history. The traditions when making Israeli food date all the way back to three thousand years ago. The Israeli cuisine uses the seven species which we learn about in the Torah. When the Jews started migrating from Europe they started incorporating their methods in cooking food with the methods of the ones already established in Israel and overtime they have become more modern and useful to us.

3. Lastly, Israeli food is so creative and made with such vibrant colors, attracting people from around the world to eat it. Israeli cuisine uses the citrus trees like orange, lemon, and grapefruit which grow on the coastal plain, figs, pomegranates, and olives which grow in the cooler areas, the mangoes, kiwis, and bananas which are near the sea of Galilee, and the grapes, apples, and cherries which can be found on the Golan and Galilee mountains. Israeli food is so unique and special to the land of Israel that it makes it even better than it already is.

Here are some recommendations of Israeli food which you can try and make with friends or family:

1. Falafel
2. Shwarma
3. Hummus
4. Shakshuka

So, now when you eat your Israeli food, think about where it comes from and why it’s special to you.

Tal Weiss is a BBG from Johannesburg and loves sushi.

All views expressed on content written for The Shofar represent the opinions and thoughts of the individual authors. The author biography represents the author at the time in which they were in BBYO.

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