In 2021, President Joe Biden and the U.S. State Department officially recognized April as Arab American Heritage Month. This month is a time to recognize the achievements of Arab Americans and celebrate the diverse cultures, impact, and contributions members of the Arab American community have made.
According to the Arab American Institute, one third of all Arab Americans live in metropolitan Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York and more than two thirds live in just ten states: California, Michigan, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. But whether you live in one of these states or not, it’s easy to support Arab-owned businesses with this list of 20 Arab-owned businesses that ship nationally.
From vibrant spices to syrup-soaked baklava, fluffy pita bread to rich coffee; honey, halwa, and everything in between, it’s easy to get a taste of the Middle East shipped right to your door.
Alsaeedah Grocery & Spices – Dearborn, MI
Here you’ll find a wide array of spices, coffees, and teas as well as non-edible goods like imported perfumes and incense, skin care, jewelry, art, and henna all imported from the Middle East.
Apricot Sun – Carmel, IN
Owner Marlen Wensel brings the warm, flavorful recipes of her home country of Jordan to you via her line of za’atar spices. This versatile blend can be used on veggies, meats, and anything that needs a flavor boost. Available in shakers or a spread and traditional or “hot” varieties.
Asal Bee – Dearborn, MI
At Asal Bee they ship one of the rarest and most sought-after honey in the world, the Royal Honey Sidr. This honey comes directly from the owner’s family farm in Yemen, cultivated in an isolated and remote area in the Do’an Valley where the nectar of the sidr tree has a higher concentration than normal Sidr honey. This aromatic honey is “true luxury.”
Damascus Bread & Bakery – Brooklyn, NY
Founded in 1930, three generations of the Mafoud family have been baking pita bread in Brooklyn from a recipe brought over from Damascus. This bread is naturally fermented and available for delivery right to your door through their partnership with Fresh Direct.
Diwan Cafe – Brooklyn, NY
Did you know Yemen boasts the oldest continuously cultivated coffee in the world, with roots traced back to the early 15th century? And you can purchase bags of Yemeni whole bean coffee, house roasted with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger directly from Diwan Cafe.
Hashems Nuts & Coffee Gallery – Dearborn, MI
As the world’s largest online retailer for Arabic food, you can find nearly everything at Hashems: house roasted nuts, dried fruit, over 100 varieties of spices, Turkish coffee, loose leaf teas, halal gummies and so much more!
Jarir Bookstore – Garden Grove, CA
Offering titles in both Arabic and English, this shop also carries translated English classics like Moby Dick and contemporary authors like Dave Eggers, plus a wide selection of children’s and young adult books, educational resources, CDs and DVDs, Ebooks, and more.
Lebon Sweets – Dearborn, MI
This bakery ships boxes of sweets including maamoul (cookies stuffed with either dates, pistachio, or walnuts), baklava, and trays of kanafa (a dessert made with light pastry, sweet cheese, and soaked in a sugar syrup).
Leon International Foods – Atlanta, GA
One stop shopping for Middle Eastern imported groceries. Here you’ll find everything from jams in flavors like rose petal and eggplant, halwa (a sweet made with tahini paste and flavored with vanilla or pistachio), pickled turnips, and even cookbooks!
Masri Sweets – Dearborn, MI
This Palestinian bakery truly has something for everyone with accessible options like sugar free baklava birds nests, fingers, mini roses, and more while vegans can enjoy their new line of vegan baklava.
Muhanna Sweets – Tulsa, OK
Originating in Damascus in 1935, the Muhanna family expanded their offerings stateside in Tulsa in 2000. They’re currently shipping their trademark baklava and cookies like maamoul, ghreibeh (shortbread), and barazek (sesame disks).
Nablus Sweets – Bridgeview, IL
Handy in the kitchen? Nablus Sweets has what you need to make your own knafeh at home, including ajina (a pastry dough used for the base) and the knafeh cheese filling (a sweet cheese of a similar consistency to mozzarella). Or you can order a pre-made tray and let Nablus do the work for you.
Naji’s Pita – Birmingham, AL
In addition to their brick and mortar restaurant, Naji’s Pita also has a robust online shop featuring plenty of pantry staples including Egyptian black honey (molasses), pre-blended spice for making falafel, kibbeh, and shawarma, and their own house baked pita bread.
Nouri Brothers Shopping Center – Paterson, NJ
In addition to food items like house baked zaatar bread, roasted seeds and nuts, Nouri Brothers also carries a wide variety of fashion items like fine gold and platinum jewelry, and entertainment like Arabic films and CDs.
Qahwah House – Dearborn, MI + Qahwah House – Brooklyn, NY
Coffee aficionados get ready to place your orders! This Yemeni coffee roaster offers small batch roasts like the Jabal Haraz (sourced from a single farmer micro lot) and Qishr (coffee husks used to make a hot drink brewed with ginger and cinnamon). Or pick up a bag of their green, unroasted beans and try your hand at roasting your own!
Sajouna Cafe – Dearborn Heights, MI
Offering a variety of house baked goods for shipping including sweets like kaak el eid (anise butter cookies) and date fingers, plus savories like markouk flatbread and pita chips (in flavors like thyme za’atar and ranch).
Sarkis Pastry – Glendale, CA
Craving Jordan almonds? You can order them here by the pound, as well as anise macaroons, walnut kataifi (traditional pastry made filled with walnuts and soaked in a sugar syrup), and a box of assorted cookies.
Semiramis Fine Chocolates & Sweets – Houston, TX
This Jordanian chocolatier found its way to Texas when Wafa Nemry brought the business to Houston. Here you’ll find gift boxes filled with delectable treats like pistachio stuffed apricots draped in dark chocolate, milk chocolate pistachio rose bonbons, fruit and nut nougats and rahaa (Turkish delight), and more!
Shatila Bakery – Dearborn, MI
A dessert wonderland, Shatila ships all their pastries, sweets, and housemade ice cream including flavors like mango, apricot, and pineapple. Currently offering a Ramadan mix of their award-winning baklava. This flat of sweets makes a wonderful gift for someone observing Ramadan as a treat for Iftar (the breaking of fast after sundown).
Yafa Cafe – Brooklyn, NY
Offering single origin Yemeni coffee roasts and blends like the all Yemeni Mokha Java (with tasting notes of caramel, tobacco, passionfruit and vanilla) and the Gold, a blend of the world’s heritage coffees from Yemen, Ethiopia, and Kenya.