There are thousands of cultural ingredients, dishes, spreads and sweets across the globe. This is no more apparent after a visit to the Middle East and northern Asia, two regions that have cuisines that certainly cannot be replicated in places like Canada, the United States or Great Britain.
Considered to be one of the most delicious desserts served in several regions across the globe, Halawa (also known as alva, hulwa, helva and many more) is made up of a base of flour or a base of nut-butter. It can also be based on an array of ingredients, such as sunflower seeds, beans, lentils, pumpkins and yams.
In addition to the Halawa, it is highly recommended food experts to serve it with white coffee.
Unfortunately, due to international and domestic strife, not everyone can enjoy the culinary delights served worldwide. Late last month, it was reported that Delta Air Lines had ceased serving halva snacks on its flights from Israel, according to JWeekly.com.
Delta Air Lines confirmed in a letter to customers that it had “notified our local catering company to discontinue serving the Vanilla Halva bar in meals onboard Delta flights from Israel.”
A few reports suggested that the reason why it discontinued serving the item was because the popular food was manufactured by the Achdut tahini factory situated in the Barkan industrial zone, beyond the Green line. Some websites, mostly pro-Palestinian outlets, noted that passengers had complained to the airline that the dessert was made in “illegal” settlements.
However, Delta has confirmed that the change was due in part to a “normal catering cycle and review.”
“We regret that a letter from an individual in our customer care department incorrectly suggested that Delta removed a vanilla halva bar because of its origin,” stated Delta, who noted that it has more than 1,000 local items in its inventory, including the Vanilla Halva Bar.
The company manufacturing the product has not officially commented on the situation.