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13 elements of Saudi cuisine added to the Slow Food catalog

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — The Saudi Culinary Arts Commission has added 13 items from Saudi cuisine to Slow Food’s Ark of Taste catalog of endangered traditional foods.

The Commission showcased these foods last week at the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event held in Turin, Italy.

This will help preserve Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage, defend foods at risk of extinction and encourage their preservation.

Nutrients in Saudi Arabia on Slow Food’s Endangered Nutrient List are Saudi Khawlani coffee, Al-caddy, Al-kabath, Mountain Sidr honey, AI-Ahsa rice, ‘Al Qasab, Red Camels, Al Hilya Dates, Samh Seeds, Truffle, Almogmi Dates, Al-bor AL-Najrani and Yusr Tree.

Saudi Khawlani coffee is grown in the Jazan Mountains and stands out as one of the types of coffee that can only be grown under certain conditions.

Al-caddy is one of the historic perennial trees in the ancient archaeological village of Thee Ain in Al-Makhwah Governorate, from where aromatic herbs and spices such as oil and water are extracted.

Al-kabath: Known as the fruit of the Prophet, it is historically found in the north and south of the Makkah region. Its plant grows wild. Since it does not grow on farms, its quantity is very limited.

Sidr mountain honey is extracted from the Sidr tree which grows in the valleys of the Sarawat mountains and lives for a long period of up to 100 years.

AI-Ahsa rice is considered one of the most expensive types of rice. There are ancient traditions during its cultivation. It requires a lot of care and irrigation. This variety of rice is famous for its tolerance to high temperatures.

Al Qasab salt is mainly found in the city of Al-Qasab in the Riyadh region. Its extraction is based on traditional methods of digging up puddles of water and evaporating it to obtain salt.

The Hail region is famous for its red camels, and it is known as “Hamrat Al Majaheem” ​​because of its high price compared to the rest of camels in the Kingdom. It is served only to important guests and on happy occasions.

Al Hilya dates, considered one of the few varieties, are harvested from palm trees in Medina. Its growth is a sign of the beginning of the date season, and it is distinguished by increasing size over time.

Samh seeds are extracted from the Samha plant, which is distinguished by the strength of its skin, which allows it to store the seeds for decades. And its rarity lies in its cultivation confined to Wadi Al-Sarhan and its surroundings in the region of Al-Bastah in Al-Jawf.

The truffle is known locally as “AI-Faqa’a”, and its size varies depending on the amount of rain. It is found in the northern region of the Kingdom and a number of other regions.

Almogmi dates are a traditional product for which the region of Al-Qassim is famous. It is made with dates, date molasses and sesame seeds. It is distinguished by its ability to keep it for months and years.

Al-bor Al-Najrani is used as a major ingredient in many popular dishes such as Al-Wafd, Al-Marduqa, Raqsh and Al-Qurs.

The Yusr tree or Moringa tree is known for its presence in Tabuk and a number of other regions, and it is considered one of the valuable trees for the extraction of oil similar to olive oil. from its seeds.