No stopping the taste
BY NANCY KALAJIAN
I’d like to meet the judges from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture who recently awarded Boston-based Aisha the " Best of the Market Outstanding Award " for her termis. They know a good thing.
What are termis? Though the word " terminate " may come to mind, think the opposite: they’re hard to stop eating once you’ve started. In fact, termis is an Arabic word for lupine seeds. Cooked with salt, vinegar, and lemon juice, Aisha’s lupines look like flattened beige chickpeas; they’re a soft, slightly crunchy, healthy snack. This highly addictive product is not only tasty but rich in calcium, protein, iron, and fiber.
Aisha started her business after her son went to college and began reminiscing about eating lupines as a child in Egypt. Next thing you know, Aisha began sending him her own version. The product was first sold only in New York; now the Boston area is graced with these treats. Refrigerated, they last about three weeks.
Aisha’s termis are available in two flavors, regular and hot & spicy, at Bread & Circus stores; $3.99 for a seven-ounce package.Issue Date: September 27 - October 4, 2001