An 87 Year Old Lebanese Women and Apricot Jam…
On Saturday 25th of June 2011, I had a visit to one of the villages in Mount Lebanon, Lebanon.
There were large green fields filled with all kinds of trees from plums, apricots, peaches, walnuts, pine trees, apples, kiwi, avocadoes, and cherries to large fields of planted vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic and much more.
There was an 87 year old women; a mother of 4 and a grandma of 10. She has lived in her house and in these fields for more than 50 years now and she still wakes up on the whispering of those lovely blossoming trees feeling young as ever.
I asked her about her apricot trees and she said: “50 years ago we spent most of our times in the fields, the fields were our life… All what we planted and all what harvested was always kept for the harsh days; back then it was war and the environment was different , winter was a season to think off all year long, we didn’t have fridges or any means of storage thus all our harvest must be transformed into our winter food, for the Mouneh.”
She continued her talk about apricots. She said: “Apricots were eaten fresh in their season and then made into jam, jam was one of the best desserts we used to eat, I used to make my children jam and butter sandwiches as a 3asrouniyeh (afternoon dessert) and give my husband a jam pot to take it with him to the fields during work hours, back then there was no chocolate” and she laughed…
And so we prepared together a sample of her Apricot Jam. Have a look and why not try it yourself.
W alf sa7tein 🙂
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