Drinking holy water from the ancient Zamzam well is considered an essential part of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
November in the Middle East offers a colorful spread of fruit and veg, including some heritage varieties.
Hard kombucha, a healthy alternative to beer and wine.
Here are 10 comforting soups to get you through the winter. One or two may be a pleasant surprise.
An ancient water management system engineered 3000 years ago is still keeping farms and oases green in the UAE and Oman.
Date pits from 2000 years ago have born viable fruit in Israel.
Hundreds of 2-gram bags containing marijuana dropped out of the sky over Rabin Square, for the comfort and delight of the population enduring pandemic times. It was the brainchild of a Telegram group calling themselves “Green Drone,” who champions making cannabis legal in Israel. Green Drone published a mysterious message on Telegram before releasing cannabis […]
Make your own tahini popsicles flavored with chocolate and that Middle Eastern flair.
A treasure trove of ancient Islamic coins was discovered in an Israeli archaeological dig.
Excavations in London turned up a pot of ancient Roman facial cream.
The Al Baydha project: a piece of Saudi Arabian desert is brought back to thriving life through ancient/innovative water conservation, and plenty of grit.
Zucchini's at peak season, and it complements fish beautifully. For light summer fare, try this herby salmon and zucchini dish.
Avoid chemical mosquito repellents and make your own effective anti-mosquito remedies from flowers and essential oils.
This traditional Iranian rice dish takes a new, vegetarian direction with meaty eggplant and Portobello mushrooms.
Jinn, AKA genies, are very much alive and thriving in Islamic thought around the world. Read about jinn, and how to keep them out of your hair
Averting the evil eye is a serious business in the Middle East. Learn the charms and amulets that do it.
Burning medicinal herbs may clear your mind and heart - and drive bad vibes away.
A savory dip based on pumpkin, gift of the Libyan Jewish cuisine.
As with blood diamonds, now we know what blood cashews are.
If you're an adventurous eater who enjoys tracking down rare delicacies, travel to Calabria and taste white olives.
Cult worship was largely practiced and even sanctioned in the Holy Land while Jerusalem's Temple stood.
What do you get when you top a typical focaccia with olives and za'atar? A flavorful flatbread.
Sensible precautions and natural treatment can help you stave off flu.
Science is getting closer to proving what gardeners have always known: handling dirt reduces stress and even depression.
An Israeli startup can dramatically reduce water and air pollution from the fashion industry with a new technology for dyeing thread.