Who among us has never stopped in front of a street vendor mouth-watering over fresh oranges, roasted chestnuts, fluffy cotton candy, and the list is endless!
I love the way in Lebanon, street food merchants display their goods. When a fruit or a vegetable is in season, here they are, conveniently scattered everywhere, making sure you bump into one of them before you reach home. No matter what direction you’re driving in! And the best part about it, Sweet Heaven, you don’t have to leave your vehicle; Free Car Delivery!
I think best sellers in Lebanon are fresh fava beans (a.k.a. broad beans)!
Fresh peas, Greengage plums (janerik), loquat (akidinye), are quite popular as well, and very dear to every Lebanese’s heart:)
As for me I felt for strawberries yesterday. Small, aromatic and intensely sweet! The smaller ones are more tasteful than the large ones. I let my nose be my guide and look for fragrance rather than color. A sweet aroma is the best indication of good flavor. And at this really affordable price, why not buy a large quantity to make some jam that kids can enjoy and mommy can show off with her super easy recipe without using a pectin;-)
- 1 kg fresh strawberries, hulled
- 600g / 2½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Place the hulled strawberries in a big salad bowl and cover with sugar. Let it rest for 10 hours, preferably in the fridge if the weather is hot.
In a heavy based saucepan transfer the syrup without the strawberries and bring to boil for 10mn on a low flame.
Add the strawberries and the lemon juice and cook for about 25mn or until a small amount of the juice gels on a chilled plate.
Pour carefully in jars and keep refrigerated. Consume within a month.
Yield: 3 to 4 jars, 370g each
Tip: If desired, one extra cup of sugar can be added to increase the quantity and sweeten the flavor.