The word “baladi” rings in our minds the bells of old times when things were natural and healthy, when nature was still pristine and clean. The times when we used to go to Jiyyeh on saturday mornings to buy lettuce and greens, when trust was the bond between the grower and the client. The ideal state we want to go back to in order to allow our children to grow healthy.
In Lebanon, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. This has created a bit of a dilemma : on one hand you have a conventionally “baladi” grown lettuce or cabbage, on the other, you have one that’s organically produced on Lebanese farms.
Both are firm, shiny and green.
Both provide vitamins and fibers, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol.