“I ask for the most ridiculous vegetables and plants imaginable,” Yossi says with a grin, “Sometimes I don’t even know if they really exist or if they just came to me in a dream. But Gideon and Yuval view these requests as a challenge, and I know that after a while I’ll come to my restaurant and find crates there waiting for me. One time I saw a wild purple sorrel plant at a restaurant overseas, and the chef laughed at me when I asked if it would be possible to grow it in the Israeli climate. To my astonishment, after a period of R&D, Aleh Aleh sent me a beautiful bunch of wild sorrel. I use it to decorate my desserts and selected appetizers, or my favorite lamb dish with fennel salad. Another example is cucumber flowers: these are one of the rarest flowers in the market, because if you pluck them they won’t produce cucumbers, which are far more profitable for farmers. Gideon and Yuval grow these flowers just for me, so I can use them to enhance all kinds of special dishes in my kitchen.”
Now you can also enjoy the wonderful Aleh Aleh harvest in your home kitchen, thanks to their delivery service. If you want to enjoy more of the mysterious fruits and vegetables you sampled at Mashya – along with traditional tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, check out the Aleh Aleh website and receive a 10% discount when you present a Mashya voucher.
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photographed by : Noam Ekhaus