Halophytic Kitchen Lab


The “Halophytic Kitchen Lab” Program aims to raise public awareness on healthy cooking, healthy nutrition and benefits of halophytic plants cultivated in a desert environment. The activity is run under the project funded by EXPO LIVE program entitled: “From Desert Farm to Fork: Value chain development for innovative halophyte-based food products”. The new phase of EXPO LIVE project is focusing on the development of the value chain of halophytic products from “desert farm to fork”. Salicornia and other halophytic crops will be cultivated in selected UAE farms applying intermediate upscaling methodologies. Their output will then be transformed through a food industry into innovative halophytic products marketed locally at an initial stage.

  1. Presentation on food security challenges and the importance of halophytic food products to fill the gap by Halophytic Scientist.
  2. Tour of ICBA field to see the plants discussed!
  3. Presentation by our nutritionist Yasmin Haddad on the nutritional benefits of these food items along with tips on healthy and sustainable food choices.
  4. Cook your own meal using halophytic plants with Chef Bilal Hassan!
  5. Take your own halophytic plant and halophytic products home!
Topics Addressed
  1. Food and nutrition security
  2. Climate-smart and nutrient-dense saline farming
  3. Salinization issues
  4. Marginal environments
  5. Halophytic and salt tolerant plants
  6. Health and Nutrition
  7. Art of Cooking
Education Program
University & Corporate Programs
  • 140 AED per participant
  • 8-10 participants
  • 3 hours


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