Age 7-9: Food, Geography & Belief Systems

Unit 2: Fruits & Vegetables

Activity: Origin of food
Describe one food and vegetable that originated in the Islamic world.
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Origin of Food

Using the internet, the encyclopedia and the school library, choose one fruit and one vegetable that originated in the Islamic world.

Draw a picture of the ripened fruit and vegetable as it appears just before it is picked.

Discover one recipe for each in which the fruit/vegetable is the main ingredient.

Activity: Recipe for Baba Ganush

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Recipe for Baba Ganush

Try this: Baba Ganush

  1. Wash and pierce an eggplant with a fork.
  2. Oil a tray and bake the eggplant in an oven at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes until soft.
  3. Remove and peel the eggplant. Put the peeled eggplant in a bowl. Throw away the skin and the stem end.
  4. Add the following ingredients to the eggplant and mix/blend until smooth.
¼ c tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 cloves peeled and crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Eat with pita bread.
Many fruits and vegetables now common in Canada had their origin in the Islamic world. Some examples are dates, mangoes, carrots and lemons.