We want everyone to learn and explore new things with food. This page will be filled with facts and interesting new ideas for you to try at home & with us at Pomegranate Deal.
TURMERIC & CARDAMON
We have an option to add Turmeric and Cardamon into our coffees. As well as the taste (DELICIOUS) they both have wonderful health benefits.
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer. It's a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Cardamon is a spice with an intense, slightly sweet flavour that some people compare to mint. It originated in India but is available worldwide today and used in both sweet and savoury recipes. The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Cardamon has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion, lowering blood pressure and aiding weight loss.
For approximately 6000 years, Lebanon has cultivated grapes to be used for wine making and exports of wine date back to the Phoenicians 4,500 years ago. The grapes used for the wines of Chateau Musar are grown in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Roman temple of Bacchus in Baalbek.
The Hochar family who own and run Chateau Musar also has a long history in the region, arriving in the 12th century from France. Gaston Hochar established the winery in the 1930s, when the borders of Lebanon had not been fully determined. He selected an 18th century castle overlooking the Mediterranean at Ghazir, an hour away from the vineyards but guaranteed to be within Lebanon. Its name in Arabic was M’zar, pronounced Musar by the French Legionaries who enjoyed the wine produced there.
The vineyards in Bekaa benefit from the 1000 m altitude, modifying the hot Mediterranean climate and allowing the cultivation of high quality grapes with the necessary levels of acidity and sugar to produce great wine. There are 300 days of sunshine each year, allowing the grapes to ripen reliably. At harvest time, they are hand-picked in the cool early morning and immediately transported over the mountains to the winery for pressing and fermentation.
Musar makes a range of white, rose and red wines to suit every palate and to pair with Lebanese cuisine. The vineyards were certified organic in 2006, the first Lebanese producer to adopt this philosophy. The red wines are neither fined nor filtered, meaning they are suitable for vegans. The wines available are Musar Jeune, Hochar Père et Fils and Chateau Musar. Musar Jeune was first produced in 2007 to provide youthful, fruity wines suitable for early drinking.
VEGETARIAN & VEGAN LIFESTYLE
We are proud of the fact that we make everything on our premises. This is why we are certain that we produce food that is both healthy and delicious. While we do create and love experimenting with new meat dishes, we provide lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
Our salads are a very popular option both to dine in and take away (in our eco friendly boxes). All of our salads are made fresh everyday with locally sourced produce. Vegetarian and vegan options do not only have significant health and environmental benefits but are absolutely delicious! Try making some vegetarian or vegan salads at home. One of our top tips is to try your food as you go - don't be scared to change recipes to your own personal taste (cooking is always more enjoyable when you're making you will enjoy yourself).