What is Tomato Paste? Learn more about it.

Tomato Paste – What is Tomato Paste?

Tomato paste consists of tomatoes that have been cooked for several hours and reduced to a thick, red concentrate before being strained. Tomato paste is widely used in Italian dishes. It is used to inexpensively thicken, color, and enrich the flavor of tomato sauces and other semi-liquids such as soups and stews. Be careful not to add too much, which can result in an overpowering tomato flavor or give the sauce too much of an acidic edge.

Tomato paste is sold in cans, jars and tubes. If seeking especially intense flavor, shop at Pars market your favorite specialty stores for imported double-strength tomato concentrate.

Glass Jar of Tomato Paste at Pars Market Middle Eastern and Mediterranean grocery store located in Columbia Maryland 21045
Glass Jar of Tomato Paste at Pars Market

While tomato paste is almost universally commercially produced now, for years tomato paste was made in homes in Italy and other Mediterranean countries. To make tomato paste, the tomatoes are first cooked for several hours to reduce moisture, are strained to remove the seeds and skin, and then are cooked further to reduce them to a thick, rich concentrate. Come shop with us at Pars Market to pick the best selection of our wide selection of Tomato Paste we have in stock for you!

 

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Best Quality and Selection of Medjool and Deglet Nour Dates at Pars Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Market in Columbia Maryland

WHAT IS A DATE?

The date is the fruit of the date palm, a tree native to North Africa and the Middle East. The cultivation of the date palm tree spans as far back as five thousand years and is often referred to as the “tree of life”, and throughout this time the tree has been used to weave blankets, make rope and most of all has been a source of food in a place where food can be scarce at times.

The fruit (the date) itself is called the “bread of the desert” as it has helped sustain nomadic tribes roaming the Middle Eastern deserts.

WHAT DOES DEGLET NOUR MEAN?

Deglet Nour dates are the most widely grown dates in North Africa. Deglet Nour (dates of light) are so called because of their translucence. Their seed can be seen right through the flesh when held to the light. They are natural and fresh dates that have not undergone any treatment. They are medium sweet, cure well and are distinguished by a pleasant, nutty after taste similar to that of a lightly roasted peanut. Their balanced sugar level, wealth of vitamins and loads of minerals make them an ideal snack or quick energy source


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALGERIAN AND CALIFORNIAN DEGLET NOUR?

Californian Deglet Nour Palm trees were brought to the U.S.A. from French Algeria in 1900. The microclimate of the region where Deglet Nour dates are grown in Algeria have contributed to making Algerian Deglet Nour dates unique. Biskra the sweet city” is famous for its high quality Deglet Nour dates in Algeria. Its climate is characterized by its warm air and wet soil.  As a result, the dates from this region have different size, texture, color and taste.


Fresh Medjool Dates at Pars Market Howard County Columbia Maryland 21045
Fresh Medjool Dates at Pars Market

 

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEGLET NOUR AND MADJOUL DATES?

Medjool dates have been called the king of the dates. They are exceptionally large, contain a large amount of “fruit meat.” They are extremely sweet. Deglet Noor dates are smaller and have a translucent blond color and a soft caramel-like taste.

 Deglet Nour is one of hundreds of cultivars of date palms. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the deglet nour cultivar is classified as the main date category according to its export value.

Algeria and Tunisia are the world’s largest producers of Deglet Nour dates. They are grown mainly in the Ziban region of Algeria and in the Djerid and Nefzaoua regions of Tunisia.

Algerian and Tunisian Deglet Nour Dates at Pars Market in Howard County Columbia Maryland 21045
Algerian and Tunisian Deglet Nour Dates at Pars Market

 WHERE ARE OUR DATES IMPORTED FROM?

 

Algeria and Tunisia

 

WHERE IS ALGERIA LOCATED?

 

 Algeria sits on the northern coast of Africa, nestled between Tunisia and Morocco.

WHEN IS THE HARVEST SEASON OF DATES?

 

  October through January.

 

 

HOW CAN WE USE THE DATE?

Dates continue to have a quintessential presence on the dinner table in many cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. It is usually accompanied by a cup of tea or a glass of buttermilk. In addition, to being served fresh, the date fruit is also eaten as a snack and is now incorporated in many things such as salads, cereals and various desserts and cookies

WHERE DO WE STORE DATES?


​ Dates should always be stored in a cool storage. They retain their flavor and nutritive value up to one year if stored in the refrigerator after opening. Keeping the dates cool,makes it last longer.

​Dates are always available Fresh and high quality at Pars market. Pars Market has Algerian,Tunisian, and Medjool Dates just for you to enjoy them. Come and check us out for all other high quality grocery foods we carry at Pars Market in Columbia, Maryland!

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Buy your Halloumi Cheese for Summer BBQ at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

Halloumi is a  traditional cheese from Cyprus, the island in the Mediterranean Sea. raditionally it was made just from sheep’s and goat’s milk. Nowadays it might contain some cow’s milk as well.
Halloumi cheese has a higher melting point than other cheese what makes it suitable cheese for grilling and frying. You almost won’t find any BBQ in Cyprus without the use of halloumi.

Halloumi is a  traditional cheese from Cyprus, the island in the Mediterranean Sea. raditionally it was made just from sheep's and goat's milk. Nowadays it might contain some cow's milk as well.
Alambra Brand Traditional Halloumi Cheese available at Pars Market

Halloumi is produced worldwide nowadays, although its origin is in Cyprus and the East Mediterranean. Within the US halloumi is registered as a protected cypriot product. The reason for not being registered within the EU is to find in a dispute between dairy producers and sheep and goat farmers about the percentage of cow’s milk allowed to be used, if any.

In Canada halloumi is registered as hallomi without the ‘u‘ cause of a difference with a local dairy producer.

Sometimes you might also come across haloumi cheese or hallomi cheese, which is the same and refers to Halloumi too.

When is the common season to use Halloumi Cheese?

It is also very common in warm months, to eat, halloumi together with watermelon. The juicy slices of the watermelon are quite refreshing while the slices of halloumi give the Delicious Taste.
Halloumi is also one of the dishes that are usually served within a Cyprus Meze and very often you also will see a few slices of halloumi accompanying a cold beer ordered in a taverna.

Halloumi is produced worldwide nowadays, although its origin is in Cyprus and the East Mediterranean. Within the US halloumi is registered as a protected cypriot product. The reason for not being registered within the EU is to find in a dispute between dairy producers and sheep and goat farmers about the percentage of cow's milk allowed to be used, if any.
Golden Star Brand Halloumi Cheese at Pars Market

Here in the line below I am going to provide you with a recipe to make a tasty sandwich with Halloumi Cheese All the ingredients you want to make this are sold at Pars Market, Come check us out for our great selection of Halloumi cheese as well as other great products in our store, Looking forward to seeing you soon shopping with us at your locally owned Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Store in Columbia, Maryland! 

Sandwich With Halloumi

Fast and easy to prepare but yummy in taste.

Ingredients

¼ onion

3 teaspoons olive oil

4 slices halloumi cheese

1 pita bread

½ tomato

some lemon juice

Preparation

Fry one quarter of an onion in a fry pan with two teaspoons of olive oil until slightly coloured. Take the onion from the heat and put aside. Cut 4 slices of halloumi cheese and fry in the pan with one teaspoon of olive oil accoring to your taste until golden or brown and crispy.

Open one pita bread at one side and place the halloumi slices into the pita bread and squeeze some lemon juice over the fried cheese slices. Put half tomato in slices and the onions on top of the cheese and close the pita bread.

Put the filled pita bread into a toaster and toast as usual until bread is golden brown.

Serve the traditional cyprus sandwich together with some fresh salad and a handful of black olives.

You can vary this recipe according your taste and put any other vegetable than tomato. Try olives or lettuce for example.

Tip: The sandwich gets much more tasty when you grill the halloumi in traditional way on open fire instead of using a fry pan.

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Green Za’atar (Thyme) at Pars Market Middle Eastern Mediterranean Grocery Store in Columbia Maryland 21045

  Za’atar (pronounced “zah-tar”) is a Middle Eastern spice mix of thyme, sumac, toasted sesame seed, and sometimes wild oregano.

Lebanese Zaatar at Pars Market
Lebanese Zaatar at Pars Market

Sadaf Green Zatar Mix at Pars Market

  

Arabic for the word “thyme,” after the seasoning’s predominant ingredient, za’atar has been used in Arabic countries since medieval times.

If you’ve eaten at Middle Eastern restaurants, you’ll probably recognize the flavor, which is pungent and grassy. 

Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Cold Press)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Jordanian Zaatar at Pars Market Columbia, Maryland 21045
Jordanian Zaatar at Pars Market

 Za’atar is used on meats andvegetables,  and it’s also mixed with Olive oil which is often added to make a spreadable paste, It can be served with everything fromflatbreads to eggs tovegetables. 

Traditionally the Thyme is dried in the sun & mixed with Sun dried Sumac, Sesame Seed and Sea Salt. Containing a unique synergy of healing & medicinal properties that alert the mind and make the body strong, Zaatar is encouraged to be eaten by school kids before exams.

Roasted Sesame Seeds at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland 21045
Roasted Sesame Seeds at Pars Market

 You can find this spice blend at the best quality in market at Pars Market Or, if you can find Sumac (also available at Pars Market), you can make your own Za’atar using equal parts Dried thyme, toasted sesame seeds and sumac. Sprinkle Za’atar over fresh pita bread drizzled with olive oil.

Thyme (Tomillo) at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland to make Green Zaatar MixOregano Leaves Cut at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

The best way to enjoy Zaatar is to blend it with good quality cold pressed olive oil in a bowl to the consistency of pesto, and then whenever you feel like a hit, just stir the mixture and spread it on fresh or toasted bread and top it with fresh tomatoes, white cheeses, organic eggs or anything Mediterranean for that matter.

 

Sumac in the Jar at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland 21045
Sumac in the Jar at Pars Market

A final word of warning here, be careful as Zaatar is extremely addictive and once tasted your taste buds will never let you forget the experience. Enjoy!

 

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http://parsmarketcolumbia.blogspot.com/2013/03/sumac-on-haft-sin-and-nowrouz-table.html

http://parsmarketcolumbia.blogspot.com/2013/05/turmeric-powder-history-and-benefits-at.html

 

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Turmeric Powder at Pars Market Middle Eastern shop in Columbia Maryland 21045

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. 

 India and Pakistan are significant producers of turmeric. which has regional names based on language and country. The name appears to derive from the Latin, terra merita (merited earth) or turmeryte, possibly related to saffron. As turmeric is a natural botanical compound, it is not patentable.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India
Sadaf Turmeric Powder in Bag

 

Here are 20 health benefits of turmeric:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

 16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

 It is available in powder form at Pars Market It comes in a spice jar or in a clear bag.

Turmeric is available in powder form at Pars Market in Coumbia, MD 21045It comes in a spice jar or in a clear bag.
Turmeric in Jar

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. Another favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

 

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Guides to buy hookah, Shisha, Charcoal and more at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

As Always Welcome to the official Pars Market Weblog,  This blog is designed to give valuable information and up to the minute news concerning all things we wonderful and unique international products We carry in our shop Such as: Juices, Fruits, Spices, Tea & Coffees, sweet & Pastries, Preserved Fruits, Candies, Dairy Products, Tea Makers, Rice Cookers, Hookahs, Shisha tobacco, Hookah Charcoal, Accesssories and many other amazing products that you can only find all in one roof at Pars Market!

 

 There are lots of options when you buy hookahs There's a lot of choice at Pars market when you buy a hookah. There are 4 hose hookah, 2 Hose Hookah, Single hose Hookah, mini hookah, exotic hookah, Wooden hookah, Syrian Hookah and so on and so on at Pars Market.
Large selection of Hookahs at Pars Market

 

What Kind Of Hookah Should You Get?

There are lots of options when you buy hookahs

There’s a lot of choice at Pars market when you buy a hookah. There are 4 hose hookah, 2 Hose Hookah, Single hose Hookah, mini hookah, exotic hookah, Wooden hookah, Syrian Hookah and so on and so on at Pars Market.
Think about several things before you buy.

1. How big a hookah do you want?

Big ones look great but maybe you’ll want to carry it from place to place it which case a mini hookah might be better.

2. How many people will be smoking?

If it’s just for you then a one hose is fine, but if you have lots of friends that also enjoy relaxing hookah times then you might want to think about 2, 3, or even 4 hose hookah..

3. What style of hookah do you want?

Traditional hookah look fantastic in my opinion but so do some of the Modern hookahs. Best to have a good look around before you buy hookah. You are always welcome to Ask any question you have regarding Hookahs from the Shopkeeper at Pars Market, We help you to pick the best Hookah which Suits your needs at Pars Market out of Huge selection we carry in our shop!

 

 We take pride in having a very large selection of hookahs for sale in our Store and top-notch, attentive customer service. We stay away from cheap hookahs, selling only the finest built Hookahs.
Persian Handmade Wooden Hookah at Pars Market

 

Why Buying Hookah at Pars Market and not from Online Stores???!

 We take pride in having a very large selection of hookahs for sale in our Store and top-notch, attentive customer service. We stay away from cheap quality hookahs, selling only the finest built Hookahs. 

 

 At Pars Market You come and check the Hookahs out in Person from our huge selection of Hookahs we carry, We always answers any questions you may have and assist you for a hookah that will meet your needs and of course a top-of-the-market quality at right price!
Selection of Small Hookah at Pars Market

At Pars Market You come and check the Hookahs out in Person from our huge selection of Hookahs we carry, We always answers any questions you may have and assist you for a hookah that will meet your needs and of course a top-of-the-market quality at right price!

It is always Smart and peace of mind to give your business to someone who knows exactly what is doing and with high reputation in Market!
Large Two Hose Hookah at Pars Market

 We have already Thousands of Happy Customers, In case you have lost or broken any parts or pieces we Always have 100% of accessories in our store that 100% fit the Hookahs we sell in our Store so you never get stocked with a Hookah that already spent so much money and now can’t find the right Part for it! We take that hassle away from you by buying it from our Shop, and Another Advantage of Purchasing Hookah from us is You don’t have to pay Expensive Shipping Costs! and on top of that waiting so long your Hookah arrives and if you are lucky the Hookah did not damaged during the shipping and you have to deal with your online store to indicate that this happened during the shipping and this and that….

Best of everything We also carry Largest Selection of Bubblers, Glass Blunt, Mershon Pipes, Pipe Screens, Water pipe, Chillums, Hand pipe, Metal Pipes, Steam Roller, Wood Pipe, Vaporizers, Electronic Cigarettes, Legal Herbal Incense, Filters, Rolling Paper and many many more...
Beautiful Small Hookah at Pars Market

 

It is always Smart and peace of mind to give your business to someone who knows exactly what is doing and with high reputation in Market! You also help your Locally owned small business in your neighbourhood! We want you be our Always Happy Customer and  Tell you friends and Family about your great experience of purchasing your Hookah at Pars Market! Come down to Pars Market for all your Hookah needs, We always here to assist you with anything your are looking for at Pars Market! and Thanks already for taking your time and reading this long post! 

We have already Thousands of Happy Customers, In case you have lost or broken any parts or pieces we Always have 100% of accessories in our store that 100% fit the Hookahs we sell in our Store
Large Hookah with carrying case at Pars Market

Best of All We also carry Largest Selection of Bubblers, Glass Blunt, Mershon Pipes, Pipe Screens, Water pipe, Chillums, Hand pipe, Metal Pipes, Steam Roller, Wood Pipe, Vaporizers, Electronic Cigarettes, Legal Herbal Incense, Filters, Rolling Paper and many many more… 

Syrian Dried Apricot Paste at Pars Market Middle Eastern Store in Columbia Maryland

  

If you like apricots, then you will love paste 

dried apricot paste = qamar el-deen = ameerdine = Amardeen is the name given to a large sheet of apricot paste; the apricots and the sheets are from Syria; amardeen has a tangy, sweet and intense apricot flavor. 

dried apricot paste = qamar el-deen = ameerdine = Amardeen is the name given to a large sheet of apricot paste;
Qamar el-deen Dried Apricot Paste at Pars Market

It is diluted in water,  made into a pudding or just eaten as is in chunks. People in the Middle East usually make a drink out of this fruit leather by putting it into boiling water.  During Ramadan, it’s often served before and after the day-long fast.  Look for it in Pars Market for the best quality!

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