paleo in jordan?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 30, 2012 at 7:26 AM

hey.. i will be living in jordan for the next two months and i was wondering where i should get my meat and fish?! also i would like to know what the best places are for butter.. i expect carreefour not to have either one.. does anyone know a website that delivers to jordan?!

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on December 13, 2012
at 04:33 PM

hi, i've lived in jordan extensively. if you include rice in your paleo diet, this is going to be a lot easier. most of the meat is mutton or chicken, and it's not produced on a factory scale. the markets near masjid husseini in downtown (wasat il balad) have great prices on meat and produce.

mansaf and maqlubbe... two rices dishes you must try! and for offal, check out abu musa, downtown - sheep heads, stomachs and soups that are fantastic.

grilled meat is everywhere, and veggies and pickles are served with most meals. the trick is to avoid wheat (bread, maftool, and even tabbouleh). most things are cooked in olive oil.



on December 13, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I'm half Jordanian, and I can tell you that the Middle Eastern cuisine is very close to Paleo (more of a Mediterranean diet). There is a wide range of local fresh vegetables and fruits all year round, and the traditional foods, usually the main dishes, are healthy.

I highly suggest you enjoy every single meal in Jordan as the food feasts are one of a kind. My words can not describe the feelings of a joint meal among friends and family (they literally make a huge platter and eat it up by hand, while standing - this was the traditional beduin way of serving food, especially Jordan's national dish, Mansaf).

If I were you, I would stay away from all the Westren(ised) restaurants and eat local produce, this 2 month "vacation" is going to be one of the best food experiences you'll ever have, I promise! Moderation is the answer.

Here is a link describing the main dishes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordanian_cuisine#Food_culture_and_traditions_in_Jordan

Do NOT leave Jordan before trying Hummus, Falafel, Labaneh & Za'atar, Mansaf, Dawali. However, beware of excessive pita bread consumption!


on November 01, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Don't know about Jordan specifically. In most Mideast countries there are markets where you can get fresh meat and fish if you have the cash. You should be able to get lamb, goat, and beef. pretty easily. Pork is a big taboo, so I wouldn't bother trying. I would not bother trying to import stuff if you are only there a couple months. Prob more hassle than worth. All the meat there will be pastured so you should get some decent meat and chicken. I would talk to locals when you get there where the best markets are.

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