What is Jibneh? Jibneh simply means cheese in Arabic. Jibneh is made from curd that is seasoned with salt and a unique spice called mahleb. Mahleb is derived from the seeds of cherry stones. Cherry stones are cracked to reveal a seed that is ground into this delicious spice. The combination of salt and mahleb create a cheese that is slightly salty, sweet and nutty. One piece is never enough!