Lebanese snacks

April 17, 2012  •  Category:


Greengrocers, street cart vendors are displaying huge mounds of these fresh almonds (background) and sour plums called janarek. 

These are eaten here as a snack with a dab of salt, but I have used the almonds cut up in salads with good results. They are very crunchy and a bit sour. 



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  1. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Hmm…a beautiful spread! The salt and sour are totally addictive!

  2. Rosa says:

    Interesting! I’d love to taste those fresh almonds and sour plums!



  3. LaMereCulinaire says:

    I love janarek & fresh almonds!
    never thought of using them in a salad!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. T.W. Barritt says:

    I must admit I’ve never seen a fresh almond – this is a beautiful photo, and more evidence that eating natural snacks is a good thing!

  5. Tiffany says:

    Fresh almonds intrigue me. I spotted them at a farmers market once but never did try them. I’ll have to do so when I next get a chance.

  6. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    I, too, think that is a beautiful spread! I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh almonds in their hulls–or even a picture. The sour plums look lovely. Are they ripe while green or do they deepen in color or perhaps change color? Beautiful!

    • Joumana says:

      @Alaiyo: I need to ask! Good question! I have only seen them green. By the way, the almonds and sour plums are sold at the Middle-Eastern stores in the US (I have bought them in Dallas).

  7. Claudia says:

    I get so antsy to travel when I see delectables that I cannot find here. Love the spread – love mixing salt and sour (and sweet).

  8. Mira says:

    Those are the first signs of spring in Lebanon. I found unripe apricots at my local Persian market last week. Growing up, we used to prefer them over the almonds as they’re more sour.
    I love your posts Joumana, everytime I see your tweet in my feed feels like I’m about to unwrap a beautiful gift!! Keep it up!!

  9. Sonia says:

    beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing, i never seen fresh almond before…

  10. sare says:

    Very beautiful photo.
    We love these, fresh almond and janarek and these day, s time of them. We use both of them to make dish with lamb shank.
    Very soon I’ll the put the dish,called çağlalı( fresh almond) in Turkish on TuzEkmek. It’s very tasty and sour we love.

  11. Sam @ My Carolina Ki says:

    I love almonds, but I’ve never seen a fresh one. They are gorgeous.

  12. Baltic Maid says:

    I nominated your inspiring blog for the Liebster Blog Award

  13. Susan says:

    I’ve never seen a raw almond before! Beautiful photo of such healthy snacks.

  14. Oui, Chef says:

    I remember seeing fresh almonds for the first time when I lived in Paris, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here in the States.

  15. s says:

    love fresh almonds- i buy them from the Armenian-Lebanese bakery in Toronto- beautiful pics, Joumana. x s

  16. Turkey's For Life says:

    Great photos. I love this time of year when the plums and almonds are out. We know summer is on its way. We do the same here – a dab of salt. Yummy.

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