The Lebanese Kishk: A Traditional Dairy Product in a Changing Local Food System
- Mabelle Chedid
- Salwa Tawk
- Ali Chalak
- Sarah Karam
- Shadi Hamadeh
This paper focuses on analyzing the production chain of traditional kishk prepared with wheat and milk in two Lebanese regions, the West Bekaa and the Chouf. It aims at assessing kishk processing to analyze the sustainability of this traditional product especially under the impact of changing wheat production and milk availability. A survey was conducted at the level of kishk producers and wheat farmers to identify the different production systems based on their scale and their practices. Results showed that kishk production has been sustained by rural women in the designated areas and was not affected by the changes that have occurred in the wheat sector which included introduction of new wheat varieties; on the contrary, this traditional product has adopted the new varieties. In addition, the versatility of kishk recipe prepared from cow, sheep or goat milk, makes this dairy product resilient to changes in milk availability and sources. However, the authors found that conserving traditional kishk requires substantial efforts in marketing, certification, and quality control.
- Bella DongEditorial Assistant