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Food culture and Traditions in Jordan

Food culture and Traditions in Jordan

Jordanian cuisine is a traditional style of food preparation originating from Jordan that has developed from centuries of social and political change with roots starts with the evidence of human activity in Jordan in the Paleolithic period (c. 90,000 BC).
 
There is a wide variety in the Jordanian style of cooking. The authentic Jordanian cuisine can range from baking, sautéing and grilling to stuffing of vegetables (grape leaves, eggplants, etc.), meat, and poultry. Also common in the Jordanian style of cooking is roasting, and/or preparing foods with special sauces.
 
Jordanian man pouring juice
Traditional Spread of Jordanian Lunch
Traditional Jordanian Dinner
As one of the largest producers of olives in the world, olive oil is the main cooking oil in Jordan. Herbs, garlic, spices, onion, tomato sauce and lemon are typical flavours found in the Jordanian food. The recipes to the meals of the cuisines of Jordan can vary from being extremely hot and spicy to being mild.
The most distinctive Jordanian dish is mansaf, and it's the national dish of Jordan, thus mansaf on the menu is the greatest symbol in Jordanian culture for generosity.
 


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Within Jordan, mealtime is not merely a biological function, but, rather, a time of celebration. Food is a very important aspect within the Jordanian culture. In the villages, meals are a community event with the immediate and extended family present. In addition, food is commonly used by Jordanians to express their hospitality and generosity. Jordanians by nature are very hospital people and, often, it is presented within minutes of a person's invitation to a local house.

It is with pride that Jordanians serve family, friends, and guests in their homes; no matter how modest their means. A 'Jordanian invitation' means that you are expected to bring nothing and eat everything. And the rich Jordanian food coupled with the famous Jordanian hospitality creates an atmosphere of festivities each time a meal is served.
 
Most of the celebrations in Jordan are exceptionally diverse in nature and quite festive at the same time. Each celebration is marked with the dishes from the cuisine of Jordan to be spread out and served to the guests. There are many traditional small gatherings in Jordan too; even in those gatherings a lot of meals from the cuisine are served. Customs such as weddings, birth of a child, funerals, birthdays and specific religious and national ceremonies such as Ramadan and Jordan's Independence Day all call for a grandeur of the traditional Jordanian cuisine to be served to the guests.

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