Popular Foods in Jerusalem, Israel

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Popular Foods in Jerusalem, Israel
Pita bread can be used to make sandwiches. (hot cheese pita image by Donald Joski from Fotolia.com)

Israel is a Mediterranean country with Jerusalem as its capital city. According to FoodbyCountry.com, Israel is home to people from 70 different countries. FoodbyCountry.com also sites that Jerusalem's most popular foods are derived from North African, Middle Eastern, and Jewish descent. These various cultural influences are what makes Jerusalem's cuisine so unique.

Pita Bread

<p>Israeli-Food-Guide.com identifies pita bread as the national bread of Israel. Pita bread originated in the Middle East, and PitaPitInternational.com confirms that it has been a staple food for centuries. Pita bread has a hollow centre that can be split open to make sandwiches. In fact, FoodbyCountry.com claims that the most popular Israeli fast food is falafel, which is a pita bread sandwich filled with chickpeas and pickles.

Popular Foods in Jerusalem, Israel
Pita bread can be used to make sandwiches. (hot cheese pita image by Donald Joski from Fotolia.com)


Sabich is a pita sandwich overflowing with fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, salad, and a mango pickle. It is another fast food item that can be purchased from local food stands throughout Israel. GemsinIsrael.com states that the sandwich is not original to Israel but was brought to Israel by Iraqi immigrants. GemsinIsrael.com goes on to say that the founder of the first kiosk selling this Iraqi food did not know what the sandwich was called in Iraq, so he used his business partner's Iraqi name, Sabich. The local name caught on, and Sabich has attracted both Israelis and tourists with its unique taste.

Meorav Yerushalmi

<p>GoJerusalem.com harolds Meorav Yerushalmi as a Jerusalem favourite. The name means "Jerusalemite mixed grill," and is made of a variety of chicken parts, which may include liver, kidneys, or heart. The meat is grilled and served with a topping of onions and Middle Eastern spices. On December 2, 2009, WorldRecordsAcademy.com announced that Jerusalem had produced the world's largest quantity of Meorav Yerushalmi ever recorded. Nine Jerusalem chefs gathered to set the world record and grilled 31.8kg of meat that was topped with 1.36kg of spices. The event took place on an annual cultural festival with hopes that it would also be used to promote tourism to Jerusalem.

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