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Banak… The Mystery

Posted by on November 10, 2006

“What is the English name for Banak?”

Banak is something the majority of Kuwait’s people enjoy eating especially during winter time, its some sort of seed with a hard brown shiny cover which after breaking gives u access to the nice salty green pulp inside it, actually its not salty by nature but it becomes salty during the process of preparing that involves soaking  and/or boiling in salty water..

Banak comes in different sizes…


medium ( Bulgarian AKA Jaw Breaker )

Large ( Turkish … AKA Dentist’s Nightmare )

Personally I prefer the medium/Large ones at least u get something that’s somehow worth risking the health of your jaws and teeth.. small ones usually crush and make a mess if u apply too much pressure.

For the past few days this question has been haunting me ” whats the English name for banak ? ” i searched all over the net it seems as it is a Kuwaiti invention or something…

So if u have any information about it please feel free to share it in the comments section below.

10 Responses to Banak… The Mystery

  1. Delicately Realistic

    Hmmm i dont think it has an english name. I think they would just call it ‘seeds’ just like 7ab :/

    Best banak balghari is at Qadsiya Co-op 🙂

  2. Bo SaLMaN

    For sure the kuwaiti name ‘BANAK’ was taken from Bank .. why ? i think because ‘BANAK’ is hard to break .. so no everybody can access to the Jewerly inside :p .

    wierd ha!? ( makhalaw shay ahl FAILICHA ! )

  3. com3

    hmm,, well i dont know about that bank story bosalman, Banak, comes from Iran, they have a different name for it there, but im pretty sure that they make a hell of a good (achar) out of it, its also called (Habba Khathra or 7aba khathra) in Bahrain, and i believe the UAE too, i personally like the small Iranian one, (korboonish on romaithiya’s hardee’s roundabout, happy crackin, okhookom com3 min Montreal :

  4. Peachez

    I have a question about banak that’s been haunting me!! OMG thank you for this post, been dying to know if banak is bad for you? as in healthy (lotsa protein) or fattening? I’m just being paranoid of the idea of banak being similar to peanuts or pistachios or any other kinda nuts, I’m on this strict diet, but I LOVE banak, I let my mom send me a load of banak bags from Kuwait and whenever I feel like munching on something I grab a bag and man!! it’s like crack, I can’t keep my hands off of it. PLEASE, ANY1 has any idea?

  5. mjkout

    I’m pretty sure it has something bad but i still can’t figure out what it is ( could be bacteria living in this moist env. or the water .. if its really water 😛 ) … i know it is addictive coz once my wife starts cracking she doesn’t stop till her lips become white and i use force to release the bag from her hand to save her life, Banak has a high content of salt which could cause pain in the feet for some people… i guess the only way to know is to take it to any airport in US and tell them some guy dropped this bag on me and ran away they will analyze it and we will know the English name + the content 🙂

  6. Bou Fahed

    Banak is allowed into the US, since it is cooked (boiled) and cannot be replanted. I have taken it through customs many times and did not have any issues after it is inspected.
    But I am still wondering what is the Iranian name for this seed?
    Or is anyone knows the english or scientific name?

  7. Shak

    Pistacia Atlántica Tree! and you’re Welcome.. lol

  8. mjkout

    Thank You 🙂

    Mystery Solved

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