Middle Eastern foods are becoming wildly popular in the United States. The popularity of the food shows a real change in how people are enjoying foods in general.
People are often confused about the difference between Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. They are distinct from each other, but they also share similar flavors.
One can look at Mediterranean foods as more or less an umbrella term to describe both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Foods. A good example of this is, flatbreads, roasted meat, and hummus which are generally considered key items of both categories of cuisine.
Many people are already familiar with popular Middle Eastern favorites like, pita, hummus and falafel but as they adventure forward with other foods and spices, this market will really increase in popularity.
So why are these cuisines so popular and good?
Simply put, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods are loaded with highly flavorful spices and fresh vegetables.
The Mediterranean (and hence the Middle Eastern) diet is said to be one of the healthiest diets because of its emphasis on vegetables, proteins, and whole grains.
The big protein source is chickpeas, which can be found as the main ingredient in hummus, which is a popular staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets ——- these foods are great for plant-based alternatives to meat.
To add to the elegance, Middle Eastern spices are rich and flavorful and include such favorites as harissa, cardamom, and za’atar. These spices are becoming more popular in the US.
In summary, although Middle Eastern food and Mediterranean food are distinct, there still have common flavors and ingredients including eggplant, cucumber, parsley, mint, and tahini, (made from sesame seeds).