The Lebanese Pantry

6 great ingredients for Lebanese cooking and where to buy them

In the course of producing our October 2014 feature on Lebanon's olive harvest, we discovered a few ingredients too good to keep to ourselves. Below, six great products to get your hands on if you'll be making the Lebanese recipes from the story.

Olive Oils

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Mild winters and temperate summers in Lebanon yield outstanding olive oils. See 4 favorites »Ingalls Photography

Pomegranate Molasses

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Use tart, thick Al Wadi pomegranate molasses ($3 for 14 oz.; amazon.com), a reduction of pomegranate juice and sugar, to make tabbouleh.Ingalls Photography

Eggplants

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Use tiny, creamy-fleshed fairy-tale eggplants (price varies by season; call Melissa's at 800-588-0151) to make Lebanese lamb-stuffed eggplant.Ingalls Photography

Baharat

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Purchase Middle Eastern seven-spice powder ($7 for 3 oz.; look for "baharat"; kalustyans.com) to make spiced lamb patties with tomato and onion.Ingalls Photography

Rose Water

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Use Al Wadi rose water ($25 for 20 oz.) and Cortas orange blossom water; ($7 for 10 oz.; amazon.com) to make Lebanese date shortbread.Ingalls Photography

Za'atar

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Sprinkle za'atar ($6 for 2 oz; kalustyans.com), a mix of sumac, sesame seed, and wild thyme, to make flatbread with za'atar.Ingalls Photography