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Egyptian Summers, Termes, and Leb: A Never-Ending Snack Story

July 13, 2022

There is no stronger love than an Egyptian’s love for snacks – between marathon TV-watching, aimless long drives, or a day at the beach – Termes (Lupini Beans) and Leb (edible seeds) sit in large bulks as the dearest of friends. When Egyptian Streets asked its audience what their favorite snacks were, most of them responded with Termes and Leb as their go-tos – they explained that these two are especially associated with happy and family memories. Termes Termes are the yellow legume seeds of the genus Lupinus, believed to have dated back to ancient Egypt, particularly in the 22nd century BCE. Wrapped in paper cones or served on small plates, Egyptian streets are flooded with termes vendors, most commonly found near the Nile corniche. Alongside their delicious flavor, these beans are especially recognized by scientists and dieticians for their major health benefits. They are rich in protein, high in fiber, and aid in the prevention of diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. There are two types of lupini beans, high in alkaloids beans, which are bitter, and low in alkaloids beans, which are sweeter in taste. It’s a…

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