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Cuisine and Culture of Israel

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Israel Culinary Tours

A culinary tour of Israel means an exploration of one of the world’s most elevated examples of fusion cuisine.

After the creation of Israel in the years following World War II, Jewish groups from around the world came to the new state of Israel, and they brought with them their own regional and ethnic versions of Jewish cuisine. This resulted in a true gastronomic melting pot comprised not only of traditional Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, and Sephardic culinary traditions, but also of other traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

Today’s Israeli cuisine includes falafel, hummus, couscous, and za’atar, as well as traditional holiday fare such as hallah, gefilte fish, and malawach. But it is also being reinvented as a new, modern cuisine by the young chefs eager to explore the traditional foods that have been passed down for centuries paired with exciting trends in international gastronomy.

Part of any Israel culinary tour is an exploration of the regional markets, where you can enjoy a multi-sensory experience of fresh regional produce, aromatic spices, and traditional street foods. Taste the best kibbeh, falafel, and hummus, savor succulent kebabs, fresh salads, and delicious sweets.

Enjoying a sunny day at the market in Jerusalem on a culinary tour of Israel.

Enjoying a sunny day at the market in Jerusalem on a culinary tour of Israel.

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A culinary tour of Israel means delving into thousands of years of culinary history. Learn about Jewish cuisine in Biblical times, based on olives, figs, dates, wheat, barley, pomegranates, and grapes, known collectively as the “seven species.” Take a culinary journey through the centuries and their influx of culinary influences from Asia, Europe, and Africa. And arrive in modern times, where Israel cuisine is not only a mix of different Jewish cuisines, but, as a center of Christianity and Islam, of other ethnic and religious traditions.

Israeli cuisine is, like any good cuisine, based on seasonal agricultural products. And what grows in Israel today is akin to what has grown in the area for thousands of years, resulting in a gastronomy based on olive oil, grains, chickpeas, fresh and dried fruit, fish, and dairy. From the traditional hummus to wonderful soups and salads, you will have plenty to delight your tastebuds on a culinary tour of Israel.

What You’ll Experience on a Culinary Tour of Israel

But of course our guided culinary tours of Israel include also an enriching historical and cultural experience, during which you visit important ancient and modern sites with an expert local guide. From churches such as St. Peters Church, the Church of the Nativity, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, to the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, you will visit some of the world’s most important religious sites. But you will also have the chance to explore other sites: the local markets, the Old City of Acre, the White City of Tel Aviv, the Old City of Jerusalem, to name a few. You can head to the Sea of Galilee, to the port town of Ceasarea, or to the Judean Hills and Ella Valley, to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, and the stunning Dead Sea. And any visit of Jerusalem should include a journey to the Palestinian side of the city to meet and dine with Palestinians in an inspiring cultural and culinary experience.

Journey with us to this fascinating and complex destination on a culinary tour of Israel, and find a truly unique and unforgettable cultural and culinary adventure.