Sunday, December 19, 2010


A little sidebar for 2 days to tell you about the food. But before I take you to one of the many 'sit down on the floor' meals we had...let me take you to a colorful fresh fruit & vegetable bazaar along side the main road. Many of these fruits and breads were served at every meal.

(Any photo can be clicked on to enlarge.)

When our NGO friend stopped to shop, I also hopped out in hopes of getting some local color shots. The people were very happy to have their pictures taken. They just wanted to see what I captured on my digital camera screen. Easy enough.

The traditional flat bread in this region of the world is called non. Piles of non were sold everywhere. I wondered who was going to buy it all! How much bread could people eat?!!

As far as the fruit goes, there was an amazing abundance of persimmons (different varieties even) and pomegranets for sale. We had some fresh pomegranet juice. Tasted as fresh as eating the seeds right out of the fruit. The pears being white were very unusual looking.

Tomorrow - let's sit down & eat!


  1. One of these days I intend to do some research on flat bread. It appears in so many cultures, starting with Leviticus 23. American Indians have squaw bread; hispanics have tortillas; mideasterners have pita; East Indians have naan; and you've found non where you were visiting. Bread is the staff of life everywhere, and the simpler the better. Thanks for the photos. I love the colorful clothes, too.

  2. Well, Jo..thought I would do these 2 posts because you asked about the food in the photo a day ago. Bread is very precious there. None is thrown out-like scraps left uneaten on the table. It is all gathered up and...they do something with it. Maybe feed the animals. Thanks for writing.
    Oh and the clothes the women wear are kind of like fuzzy bathrobes. Warm for winter!

  3. in Egypt the Coptic would stamped a small cross in the middle of their bread. It tells people that those bread are made by Christians.

  4. I just had my first persimmon in Italy! Unfortunately, it was not a good one, and sucked all the moisture out of my mouth--a very unpleasant sensation that lasted several minutes!

  5. Very interesting about the Coptic bakers in Egypt-I had not heard that. thanks.

    Pat, I had a terrible experience a bunch years back. bit into a persimmon and my whole mouth went numb! Scarey! Needless to say I got rid of it fast!
    My friends in the knw told me it was not ripe-perhaps that was the problem w/yours.