Dahab el Awali By Lebanese Institute of Economic and Social Development ILDES

    Tasting Notes and Food Pairings:

    Dahab el Awali is fruity and retains the original flavor of the green olive. It has a peppery quality and evokes the green pastures and orchards of Lebanon.

    It is good with the traditional Lebanese Mezzeh dishes, hummus, mtabal, labneh and cheese. It is used in cooking the traditional vegetarian dishes like loubieh bil zeit and stuffed grape leaves.

    Company History:

    ILDES is a Lebanese NGO founded in 1986

    The mission of ILDES is to curb migration, alleviate poverty and contribute to the sustainable development of the people and land. ILDES especially supports displaced people after their return to the place of origin and provides services in the fields of micro credit, health care, training and employment and the reestablishment of Lebanese mores of conviviality and strengthening of social peace.

    The vision of ILDES is that social cohesion is the basis of any durable social and economic development. No social cohesion can be attained if citizens and groups remain estranged from their places of origin and remain outsiders in their own country. ILDES also believes that civil society has an important role to play, alongside government policies, in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the social, physical and human components of Lebanese society.

    ILDES aims to:

    • Curb the emigration and brain drain,
    • Alleviate poverty,
    • Create job opportunities,
    • Promote the sustainable development of rural regions,
    • Support the olive sector,
    • Empower women in their quest for social and economic wellbeing,
    • Improve social and health wellbeing.

    In order to attain its goals ILDES provides services in the fields of micro credit, health, training, employment, education and social aid.

    The activities in the table below have been ongoing since 1992.

    The numbers of beneficiaries, services or financial aid provided are for the activities that took place between 1992 and 2009.

    Production Methods:

    At the heart of this project is a modern 2 phases olive press that is fully operational and compatible with the BEST MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (BMP) and the BEST HYGIENIC PRACTICES (BHP) that facilitate the positioning of the product on the Lebanese and international markets.

    The Manufacturing Unit is certified in conformity with the ISO 22000 – 2005 by the Instituto Mediterraneo di Certificazione s.r.l. (IMC) since January 2011 and renewed in January 2013. It has also been certified Organic in September 2011 by IMC.

    The environmental dimension is also implemented in the ecological preservation program which consists of a theoretical approach through conferences and the industrial treatment and recycling of the solid waste and the waste water resulting from the milling process. The solid waste is compacted into BIOFUEL LOGS and the waste water is treated for IRRIGATION. This venture has a positive impact on woodlands (preservation), on the soil quality and on the water resources.

    In order to maximize the olive growers’ income, ILDES is creating DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS on the Lebanese and international markets for the various products resulting from the olive sector.

    Where to buy:

    • Al Marej Organic Food Store - Abdel Wahab el Inglizi street - Achrafieh - Beirut - Lebanon - 961 (0)1210211
    • Tawlet Souk el Tayyeb
    *All Information is provided by the producer.