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History and tradition
Coriander was prized as an aphrodisiac. There’s evidence that coriander seeds were planted in tombs as early as the 21st dynasty (around 1000 B.C.) as a symbol of eternal love and enduring passion. Cumin was also regarded as a sign of faithfulness, and cumin seeds were sometimes carried in pockets by soldiers and merchants as a memory of those waiting for them back home. They were also thought to settle the stomach and aid in digestion. Coriander seeds and dates were used as flavorings for bread. Some seeds such as radish seed and sesame were used to make oil.
Tiger nut was used to make a dessert made from the dried and ground tubers mixed with honey. Almonds were imported during the New Kingdome and by Greco-Roman times  quinces , pears , plums,peaches, filbert, walnut, pine nut, and pistachios were introduced.

Special features
He made my neck look as big as a sesame
خلى رقبته زي السمسمة

Festivities and traditions
Peanuts, sunflower seeds and “subar” seeds are usually eaten when watching a soccer match or a movie.
Moulid El Naby
Moulid an-Nabi celebrates Prophet Mohammed's birthday. It is one of the biggest events of the year and a public holiday.. On the evening of the Moulid, a big celebration takes place near the “Al Hussein” Mosque at Khan El Khalil. Big tents are stretched in the area where people read the Quran and sing songs praising the Prophet.  Special sweets, hallawiyat al-moulid, are made out of melted sugar, sesame seeds, chick peas and coconuts.

Publish date 16/10/2013 11:06
Last updated 15/04/2014 17:04