Meet with Cleopatra\'s Secret Soup-Molehiya
Cyprus - Nicosia (North) - Nicosia

Activities

Gastronomy

Traditional tastes

Cooking Class

Meal together

Organic Vegetable Picking

Overview

Mulukhiyah, molokhia, molohiya is the leaves of Corchorus Olitorius, commonly known as Nalta jute or Jew's mallow. Molehiya is a traditional food in Cyprus and it takes up to 2 moths to grow up and be ready for harvest. After harvest, local people get together and separate the leaves from the stems.

What do we offer in this experience?
I will pick you up from Nicosia to go fields for harvesting early in the morning. Afterwards, we harvested the Molehiya we will return back to Nicosia to my offices. There we will separate leaves from the stems for cooking. We also offer you to cook together and have a lunch together.

There are two options for cooking the Molohiya. One is fresh and other one is dried leaves. Cooked in a tomato based broth with onions and garlic. Lamb on the bone or Chicken with bone may also be added. For optimal results, lemon and potato are also used to help keep the consistency from becoming too mucilaginous or slimy. It is served with a nice broth consistency with sourdough bread.

Nutrition


The leaves are rich in betacarotene, iron, calcium, Vitamin C and more than 32 vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The plant has a potent antioxidantactivity with a significant α-tocopherol equivalent Vitamin E.

According to some internet sources, molokhiya means vegetable for King. During 6000 BC, a sick Egyptian King asked a bowl of hot soup and found it tasty. After taking hot soup every day, the King's illness was healed. Cleopatra also enjoyed the same soup. The soup was the Egyptian spinach called molokhiya. We believe that this miracle vegetable originated in India and Egypt.

Molokhiya is known as the king of vegetables. Its carotene contents are 4.6 times more than spinach, which Popeye loved, and 19 times more than broccoli. Its calcium contents are 9 times more than spinach and 10 times more than broccoli. Even vitamins B1 and B2 are five times more compared to spinach. It contains much more Vitamin E, C, potassium, iron, and other vegetable fibers than any other vegetables.



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  • carol.anderson

    If you love to try some traditional taste, this experience is just for you! Our guide who was very friendly did not only teach us how to crop Molehiya and make it ready to cook but also showed us how to cook! Both harvesting part and the cooking part were very interesting and entertaining. I am glad that I chose to eat at home because house hosts were very kind and willing to introduce Cyprus culture. They gave all the tips to cook delicious Molehiya. I still have its taste in my mouth. If you interested in local food, you should not miss this experience!

    2016-08-07 12:27:00

  • david.spencer

    I was in Cyprus around a week ago and this experience sounded good… So as a nature loving person I reserved it and it was one of my best days in Cyprus. In the morning a very kind and funny guy pick me up from Nicosia early in the morning to go fields.. Just around 15 minutes away from Nicosia to the village of Minarelikoy. He teach me how to harvest (which is quite fun to be honest :) )and around 2 hours we harvested molokhia.  I asked to change eating at a restaurant to preapare food at home and he was perfectly fine with that. After that we delivered some orders to people on our way and went to his house to start preparing the food. Actually his mother cooked to food but the family was fantastic. Cyprus hospitality is epic!!! They also teach me lot of traditional things and I got chance to test different tastes of Cyprus as well. And now the food: Molokhia. It was fantastic and tasteful. Definitely you need to try this experience. Tiring but perfect day

    2016-07-25 09:14:00

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  • Monday to Sunday
Languages
  • English
  • Turkish
Preferences
  • Child-friendly
  • 1 - 4 People
  • 4 Hour(s)
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