How much do you actually know about Mediterranean food?

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Do you know your shawarma from your shakshouka? See if you can ace this food quiz.

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Ali Kalavan hummus
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Question 1 of 11 Score: 0

Name the main ingredient in traditional hummus:

It's everyone's favorite dip, and it's made with chickpeas. Hummus now comes in a variety of flavors including avocado hummus and roasted garlic hummus.

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shawarma
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Question 2 of 11 Score: 0

Name this Mediterranean sandwich that's similar to a gyro (but it's not!):

The shawarma sandwich is made of lamb, beef or chicken in a unique blend of spices and pickled vegetables and wrapped in a pita or flatbread. It's what Israeli lunch is made of.

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red schug
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Question 3 of 11 Score: 0

Name this fiery sauce that's commonly served in Mediterranean restaurants?

Schug is a pepper-based hot sauce that comes in green or red varieties. Spread just a little on pita, and you've got yourself a heat-packed snack.

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mint tahini
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Question 4 of 11 Score: 0

Name the main ingredient in tahini:

The same process by which the peanut turns into peanut butter, by extracting the oils within and mashing to a paste, is what turns sesame seeds into tahini. It's an essential part of the diet in North Africa, Greece, Israel and the surrounding region.

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a traditional Mediterranean breakfast of eggs poached in tomato sauce and other vegetables
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Question 5 of 11 Score: 0

Name this Mediterranean breakfast food that’s made of eggs, tomatoes and peppers:

Israelis have been enjoying this warm, spicy skillet breakfast for decades. Shakshouka can be jazzed up in many ways, from a pizza variation to a green stew version.

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za'atar spice blend
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Name this spice blend that's a popular flavor in the Mediterranean and beyond:

Za'atar has two meanings: one is the herb that comes from a Mediterranean native plant, and the other is a spice blend that includes the herb.

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Israeli couscous with vegetables, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and parsley.
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Question 7 of 11 Score: 0

'Pearl couscous' is another name for what type of couscous?

These tiny pasta spheres, called Israeli couscous, are delicious mixed into salad or as a side dish for chicken or veggies. They're also a great soup accompaniment.

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Halloumi is a sheep's milk cheese that originated in Cyprus.
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Question 8 of 11 Score: 0

Name the country of origin of halloumi cheese:

Halloumi cheese, often served fried or grilled, is a sheep's milk cheese from Cyprus. It's a popular menu item at Zahav, a Mediterranean restaurant in Philadelphia owned by James Beard Award winning chef Michael Solomonov.

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Tabbouleh
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Question 9 of 11 Score: 0

Name this Mediterranean salad made of bulgur wheat, vegetables and a splash of lemon juice:

Tabbouleh, a colorful favorite of vegetarians and vegans everywhere, can also be made with quinoa or couscous, but its most common grain is bulgur, a type of dried cracked wheat.

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Tzatziki sauce with pita
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Name the main ingredient in tzatziki sauce:

This mildly tart Greek yogurt-based sauce, seasoned with fresh herbs and a little garlic, is eaten all over the Mediterranean, and usually called by its original Greek name.

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Falafel sandwitch from Taïm

Question 11 of 11 Score: 0

What's this Mediterranean street food favorite?

Who doesn't love falafel? These hot, crunchy deep-fried chickpea balls packed into fresh pita bread and topped with all kinds of relishes are the ultimate Mediterranean lunch.

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