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Taboli kings of Bristow

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Taboli is a wheat and vegetable salad that's been part of Mediterranean diets for more than a thousand years.

Taboli's popular in many restaurants and homes around eastern Oklahoma as well. Chances are taboli in this part of the country came from a small family business in Bristow.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells went to Creek County to find out why.

Taboli, a distinctive mixture of bulgur wheat, parsley, onions, oil, lemon juice and other vegetables if you like. But the basic ingredient is the wheat. Back in the 50's the Lebanese community in this part of the state was having trouble finding it so they went to their grocer, Eddie Bishop's father and asked for help. Sue Bishop:"We found the wheat and started bringing it in big sacks or barrels and started sacking it up in a cup and a brown paper bag at the grocery store back in the 50's."

And that was how it all started. From then to now the grocery and a restaurant have kind of rolled into a taboli products company, they ship mostly to suppliers in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Sue Bishop: "We ship these all over the united states to people who have lived here or visited here or have family here, and have become acquainted with it."

Peggy Parrick is a long time employee, who still packages it up they way they always have. Eddie Bishop says it's always been a very simple operation. "No point in making it complicated if it doesn't need to be."

Sue Bishop says the basic recipe for the taboli is simple too and if you follow it she says you can't miss. 8 ounces of their wheat rinsed and drained. Oil, lemon juice, onions and lots of parsley, salt and pepper and chopped tomatoes. Mix it up and then let it rest for about an hour.

Mark your calendars, there is a Taboli Festival in Bristow May 13th. If you'd like more information about Bishop Taboli Products, check out their website.
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