World Food Photo 1 – Olives in Northern Israel
For the last five years I have been cycling all over the world eating local food and exploring the universal and fascinating role food plays in our lives. My travels have taken me to over 35 countries. I have enjoyed countless meals and have been lucky enough to share time with the people who have prepare them.
In my opinion eating foods from other cultures is one of the greatest plesures of travel and so each month in the coming year I will be posting a favurite World Food Photo here on The Hungry Cyclist Blog.
- Fresh Picked Olives – Mount Carmel, Northern Israel
In the winter of 2008 I spent three months cycling and eating around Israel. Heading North West from Nazareth I was soon cycling into the arid hills of Carmel where anchient olive groves line the hillsides.
Cycling under a firce sun on steep grades I took plenty of rests under the bows of stunted and twisted trees that for generations have provided olives for the oil that plays such an important role in the food, history and religion of The Holy Land.
“And he [Moses] poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to consecrate him.” (Leviticus 8:12 RSV)
Stopping for a lunch of fresh labane (soft cheese) and warm laffa (flat bread) with a family of olive pickers I was l took this photo. A balck net was laid out under each olive tree, the elder generations beat the branches with tall sticks while the children pikced at the fruit that had fallen. Filling countless buckets with fruit as the day wore on, I bought half a litre of freshly squezzed oil, sold in a dusty Coco Cola bottle, and said my goodbyes cycleing west for the Mediterian.
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