For centuries, the Akkoub, a perennial wild plant from the thistle family, was harvested in the highlands of Lebanon. It only grows in specific terrains in between rocks, as in the village of Qartaba, in the district of Jbeil, and has an aromatic zesty taste. Traditionally, villagers learned at a young age how to identify the Akkoub. It is harvested starting late February throughout late March. Harvesting, cleaning, and cooking the Akkoub demands a collective activity, reflecting the deep knowledge Lebanese have acquired over millennia of their natural surroundings.
Kanz’s natural thistles and juniper honey from Qartaba encapsulates the wild aromas of this mountainous perennial plant. It is a winter favorite, especially when paired with a Lebanese breakfast or full-flavored cheeses, pancakes, and seasonal fruits.
The Kanz line of fresh natural products is handcrafted by the women of rural Lebanon. It aims at recovering Lebanon’s culinary heritage while empowering rural communities. Kanz features collaborations with Lebanese star chefs, promoting the Lebanese “Mouneh” as a global first-class culinary art. All proceeds go to Beit el Baraka.