A Lenten staple, kebbet laa’tin is the definite mountain vegetarian kibbeh. It is easy to prepare with the garden’s bounty of pumpkin (which keeps all year, and from harvest to harvest) and wild herbs, the best of which is obviously homeyda, the spring wild sorrel leaves, which add a special lemony taste to the stuffing.
Onions are rich in chromium and in flavonoids, namely quercitin, which may help in halting the growth of tumors.
Garlic has been shown to have several benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.
Thyme contains thymol, a compound extensively used in medicine and known to be efficient in treating intestinal worms and reducing spasm.
Chicory was first mentioned on a papyrus 4000 years before Christ. This plant has been shown to improve intestinal microflora and to lower triglycerides in the blood.
Lycopene, which is abundantly found in green leafy vegetables such as the plants in this recipe and in tomatoes, is a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color.
This plant is believed to be an appetite stimulant and a diuretic.
Sumac is added to a variety of Lebanese dishes. The traditional therapeutic uses of sumac include the treatment of indigestion, anorexia and hyperglycemia.
Dock is characterized by an acidic flavor that children find very tasty.