There were also cases of Damascene roses used to make rose water and jams with the petals, and vine leaves for stuffing and rolling.
I also found huge artichoke hearts cleaned and prepared and beautiful nuts and dried fruits including several types of raisins as well as dried cherries. There was also malban with nuts, a sort of long sausage made with nuts and with a paste prepared with crushed raisins. This is a Syrian specialty. The shops look strange because they have everything in them, from fabricated sweets to natural terroir products. One of them had arranged different grains: wheat, barley, 3 types of burghul, kidney beans, white haricots, lentils all in a very nice tiled mosaic.
In the same street, I also bought FABULOUS Armenian meat pies (lahm bi `ajeen) from a tiny bakery: 500 LL each (30 cents). This is the cheapest excellent meal you can have in Lebanon.