©Rifai

It's high time to take peanuts seriously! Perhaps due to expressions like: "It's not worth three peanuts", this nut has not always been treated with the respect due to its rank. Fortunately, Rifai, who takes over from the food store In the City of Rodez which has been located on rue Vieille-du-Temple for a century, is there to repair this injustice.

Like all inhabitants of the Mediterranean region, the famous Lebanese house founded in 1948 treats nuts (cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, peanuts, etc.) with the same seriousness as a French winegrower does for wines or a tea house for the precious leaf.

Rifai Marais, ©Rifai

To fully understand the difference between a supermarket product and what we are talking about here, the best thing is to go there and bite into a Chili pistachio, a Truffle cashew nut, a semi-salted almond, a kernel mix or one of thirty products offered at the stall. The crunchy sensation is incomparable, the caliber larger, the aroma more powerful, the pleasure more complete.

“In Lebanon, nuts are part of the culture and the art of hosting: we always welcome a visitor with a selection of nuts, almonds, peanuts, etc. », explains Rifai, who has two stores in Paris (the other is in the 16th), thirty in Lebanon. The house also distributes its products in travel retailers, at Harrods in London and in four or five star hotels.

Rifai Marais, ©Rifai

The selection of roasted products is vast, with varied recipes (cashews with pesto or thyme; sriracha or lemon almonds, etc.) and exotic origins that demonstrate sophisticated sourcing (Vietnam, California, Spain, etc.). Nuts also have the advantage of containing countless nutritional benefits. Rich in fiber, minerals and good fat, they are excellent anti-stress, anti-fatigue and anti-aging.

Let's be honest: when we walked through Rifai's door during a walk in the Marais, we weren't expecting anything special. The (good) surprise was even greater!

Rifai Marais
22 Street Old Temple, 75004 Paris
Every day from 10h to 20h

Rifai Dates, ©Rifai

Text: Katia Barillot

09.04.24

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