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Friday, March 13, 2020


I mentioned "khobeyza" in an earlier post, saying that there was not an English translation for this dish.  It's the soup-like dish in the bowls that we were served after a tutoring session.  We were unfamiliar with this tasty dish so asked our hostess, Samia, how to prepare it. Her response was, "First you wash and chop the khobeyza."  Tom and I looked at each other questioningly and I asked, "What is khobeyza?"


Samia walked to her refrigerator and handed us a couple leaves.  We looked at them with surprise and total lack of recognition.  Surprise, because the prepared dish didn't taste like a green leaf at all. "OK", we thought, "we'll have to research this when we get home."  A Wiki search told us the English word for this plant is malva or mallow.  Turns out it's a very nutritious plant.
Nutritional Profile
Common mallow is a highly nutritious green, containing (per 100 g of fresh weight) 4.6 g protein, 1.4 g fat, 24 mg vitamin C, as well as vitamin A and carotenoids.
Don't know if mallow can be found in the U.S. but if you're interested in the recipe it can be found here.


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