How grapes are turned into traditional Arabic sweets in the West Bank – in pictures

The city of Hebron is renowned for its vine-ripened fruit

It's harvest time in Palestine this month, with perfectly ripened grapes ready to be plucked from their vines for another year.

The West Bank city of Hebron is renowned for its grapevines that produce large amounts of fruit, from which many sweet treats are made.

Several families keep the traditional method of making sweet molasses from the fruit, by first crushing grapes by foot and boiling the mixture down to a sweet, syrupy texture.

The molasses can be used to make Malban, the traditional Arabic treat stuffed with nuts and typically flavoured with rose water, mastic or orange blossom.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Palestinians in Hebron turn grapes into molasses.

The city also holds an annual grape festival every September to showcase the area's world-famous fruit.

Updated: September 2, 2019 04:04 PM


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