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AUB Nature Conservation Center
Recipes for wild plants

The Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut encourages the study of local biodiversity and its sustainable use. One of our projects has been to collect Lebanese takes on recipes using indigenous plants. Many of these recipes are classic dishes with a twist, such as the quintessential tabbouleh salad where we replced burghul with protein-rich lentils that add a comforting element to its classic zing, vegetable soup common in the winter time due to the warming and refreshing qualities of its sweet aroma and its anti-oxidant-rich herbs and legumes. In addition, we have incorporated many highly nutritious ingredients such as kishk, a calcium-rich powder prepared from burghul soaked in sour goat's milk. Finally, all of the recipes in our collection cater to vegetarians, diabetics and health-conscious people in general, as well as some of them even being gluten-free.null



Plants used

Gundelia Cooked

Gundelia Tournefortii


Gundelia Tournefortii

Fried Gundelia

Gundelia Tournefortii

Gundelia with Eggs

Gundelia Tournefortii

Eryngo Salad - Kueikh

Eryngium Creticum

Asparagus with Eggs

Asparagus Acutifolius

Atrafan-Rhubarb-Rhaeum Palaestinum

Rhaeum Palaestinum

Borage with Eggs

Borago Officinalis

Borage with Onion

Borago Officinalis

Bull's eye with chickpeas

Tragopogon Buphtalmoides

Burghol with Bull's eye

Tragopogon Buphtalmoides

Carob drink

Ceratonia Siliqua

Chicory with Kichik and Onion

Cichorium Intybus

Colocosia Tuber with Sumac

Rhus Coriaria

Dried Eminium Stew

Eminium Speculum

Eryngo Salad - Chouf

Eryngium Creticum

Eryngo with Tahini

Eryngium Creticum

Fennel Omelet

Foeniculum Vulgare

Fennel Salad

Foeniculum Vulgare

Garden Rocket Salad

Nasturtium Officinale

Mallow and Chickpeas

Malva Sylvestris

Mallow Sauté

Malva Sylvestris

Mallow with Burghol

Malva Sylvestris

Pigweed with Onion

Amaranthus Retroflexus

Sage Herbal Tea

Salvia Officinalis

Sauté Desert Viper Grass

Scorzonera Schweinforthii

Spanish Thistle in Oil

Centaurea Iberica

Spinach and Purslane Turnover

Portulaca Oleracea

Stuffed Cyclamen Leaves

Cyclamen Persicum

Stuffed Mallow

Malva Sylvestris

Stuffed Sage Leaves

Salvia Officinalis

Waterparsnip Salads

Apium Nodiflorum

Waterparsnip Tabbouleh

Apium Nodiflorum

White Mustard Yoghurt Salad

Sinapis Alba

Wild Mint Turnover

Mentha Longifolia

Wild Mint with Kichik

Mentha Longifolia

Wild Thyme salad

Origanum Syriacum


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