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International Hot and Spicy Food Day - Spice lovers rejoice


Today is International Hot and Spicy Food Day, and at Baalbek, we're always using a ton of spices, to send your taste buds on an exhilarating journey. Join us as we explore the importance of spice usage, the vibrant world of Lebanese spices, and how these fiery ingredients not only add zest to our dishes but also bring a myriad of health benefits.

Spices have been coveted throughout history, not just for their ability to add flavor but also for their medicinal benefits. Did you know that many spices were considered as valuable as currency in ancient times? At Baalbek, we celebrate this rich history by infusing our dishes with various spices that transport you to the heart of Lebanese culinary traditions.

Did you know?

Cinnamon, a common spice used in Lebanese cuisine, was once so rare and precious that it was considered a gift for kings.

Did you know that saffron, one of the world's most expensive spices, is derived from the stigma of the Crocus sativus flower? It takes thousands of handpicked flowers to produce just one pound of saffron. Known for its distinct flavor and vibrant color, saffron is a prized ingredient in Lebanese cuisine, enhancing the richness of dishes like rice pilaf and desserts.

Have you heard that the heat of chili peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), with the Carolina Reaper currently holding the record as the world's hottest chili?

Nutritional Benefits

Beyond their ability to tantalize your taste buds, spices offer a plethora of health benefits. For example, capsaicin, the compound responsible for the heat in chili peppers, has been linked to boosting metabolism and reducing inflammation. Cumin, another staple in Lebanese cooking, is rich in antioxidants and may aid digestion.

Lebanese Spice Panorama

Lebanese cuisine is renowned for its exquisite use of spices, creating a symphony of flavors in every dish.


Za'atar, a blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac, is a staple spice mix that not only adds depth to our dishes but is also believed to have immune-boosting properties.

Harissa, a spicy chili paste, is another star of Lebanese kitchens. Made from a blend of hot chili peppers, garlic, and various spices, it adds a kick to our dishes, symbolizing the bold and dynamic spirit of Lebanese cuisine.

Cardamom, often called the "queen of spices," has a sweet, floral flavor with hints of citrus and eucalyptus. Originating from the Middle East, cardamom pods are used in both sweet and savory Lebanese dishes. This aromatic spice is not just a culinary delight; it also has historical significance, having been traded along ancient spice routes and mentioned in ancient texts for its medicinal properties.

Come, ignite your palate with us, and experience the magic of spices that have shaped Lebanese culinary heritage for centuries.

Spice up your day and join us at Baalbek.

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