Saturday, March 26, 2005

Spices of Arabia

Spices of Arabia

While there are areas of the Medina which are obviously intended for tourists, most of the area is local - housing and shops with cheap dresses, toys, makeup, walls of hanging shoes that look like torture to wear, and marvelous spice shops with rolled back sacks of spices - and each spice priced by the kilo. There are things that we don't use as well as the familiar - like hibiscus flowers dried whole, from which a drink is made, called something like Khakadoura. It is a glowing ruby red, and for a while I thought I was drinking a sweetened plum juice, as it is rich and tangy and very fruity.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe the spices! And Wayne thinks I have too many!! - Karmen

1:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love this photo Jenny - I can imagine the aromas!

Cori in Perth

10:42 pm  
Blogger Elle said...

I've had a hibiscus drink like that in Senegal. There it's called bissap. In Jamaica, it's called sorrel. In Senegal, it's also flavored with mint, banana, or baobab fruit. Very very yummy.

1:54 pm  

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