In northeastern region of the African continent, the Arab republic of Egypt is located. Arab republic of Egypt is bordered both the Mediterranean and red sea, because of this the climate arid and dry. The Mediterranean offers Egypt’s northern coastline rainfall up to 8 inches every year and keeps year round temperatures cooler than the inland deserts.
Ancient Egyptians have left their evidences of love and food thousands of years ago. Safely preserved wall paintings and carvings have been discovered on various tombs and temples, depicting large feasts and variety of foods. Many of these foods are still eaten in the households of Egypt today. The fruits and vegetables which are popular in the ancient times are beans, grapes, cucumber, dates, peas and figs. Ancient staple crops, wheat and barley were used to make breads and beer. Poultry and fish were also very famous, specially dried fish. Dried fishes were prepared by cleaning the fish then coating the pieces with salt and placing them in the sun to dry.
The Egyptian unique cuisine has been influenced throughout the history, specifically by its neighbors from the Middle East. Thousands of years ago, Persians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs and ottomans first influenced Egyptian cuisine. But today with the decrease in the distances between countries, the food of Arabic people, Palestinians and as well as some foods from Europe, have affected the Egyptian diet. However, Egyptian cuisine maintains its uniqueness and nearly as popular as long ago.
Here are some of the popular dishes from Egypt:
1. Ful Mudammas (Broad Beans in Sauce)
2. Kaushari (lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas)
3. Shai (mint tea) and Baklava
4. Lemon and Garlic Potato Salad
5. Gebna Makleyah (oven-fried cheese)
6. Bamia (sweet and sour okra)