LOCAL FOOD EXPERIENCES
One of the most exciting aspects about visiting a new country is sampling the cuisine. Israel is no exception! You’ll be embraced by a blending of tastes and aromas, flavors and fragrances, textures and customs, where religious traditions and culture inspire the flavors of Israelis’ local dishes and food preparation passed down through the generations. Israel is an ethnic melting pot of cultures, religions, and immigrants from around the world. Experiencing Israel’s multi-dimensional cuisine is an adventure in and of itself! As a result, expect diversity and high quality food.
You will find that the majority of restaurants and hotels in Israel are kosher and adhere to strict Jewish dietary law that mandates the separation of dairy products from all meat. Additionally, pork and shellfish will not be served in kosher restaurants.
Dishes in Israel are a combination of recipes native to the Jewish culture and foods traditionally eaten in the Mediterranean and Middle East. A few of Israel’s most common foods include:
- • Hummus
A dip made from mashed chickpeas, olive oil, and spices, typically served with pita bread.
- • Falafel
Patties or balls of seasoned, ground chickpeas, served in many restaurants and outdoor markets.
- • Shawarma
Shawarma is thinly sliced cuts of meat, such as chicken, beef, goat, lamb, and sometimes turkey, rolled into a large piece of flatbread or pita that has been steamed or heated.
- • Bourekas
Puff pastry or phyllo dough filled with salty cheese, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and a variety of other fillings.