Are there pigs in Israel?

As I was flying into Tel Aviv from Germany, we were served dinner on the plane. “lamb or poulet?” the stewardess asked. Not sure what poulet was, some sort of chicken apparently, I opted for lamb. The label on the lamb had “NO PORK” stamped on it. Uh oh…no pigs in Israel? No bacon, sausage, ham…say goodbye to standard fare in the American breakfast.

When I landed, I asked some people if there were pigs in Israel, or if they ever saw any pigs. So far, answers have all come back negative. I will be keeping my eyes out for any pigs on a kibbutz somewhere.

I wonder if they ever heard of Charlotte’s Web? Perhaps that book is sacrilegious here?

Lamb's what's for dinner.

    • Milnes
    • July 30th, 2012 6:43pm

    No bacon?!?! Noooooooooooo… will I make my bacon and chocolate cupcakes or the ‘bacon explosion,’ or my famous bacon wrapped bacon?

    Dramaticism aside – I am a little surprised you can’t find pork. We used to get it at the Filipino grocery store when I was in Dubai (including pork rinds and pig ears) and later at many typical grocery stores (in very clearly marked sections). Failing that contact the US Embassy – they must know – it’s their job!

    • eileen
    • July 31st, 2012 1:39am

    i love lamb! yummy.

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