Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Khudarji Report 03

The Khudarji Report 03: 20/06/09

Karaz aswad (black cherries) are now joined by karaz ahmar (red cherries), also known as "abou hazz" for the dark red incision-like stripe down one side. Cherries are at 5,000 LL/kilo.

Nectarine (nectarines), mottled red and yellow, are appearing. They are at 4,000 LL/kilo. Mishmush (abricots) are stocked both `ajameh (slightly unripe) and mistiweh (ripe).

A customer's daughter, hand on hips, inquired: "What are these? What are they?" The customer replied: "It's bamiyeh (okra)--your teta makes it for you."

Banadoura jabaleh (mountain tomato), mottled red and green, have started to come in.

Citrus fruits are now from cold storage.

Somalian bananas are currently from Honduras. They carry the Chiquita label.

The Khudarji Report, by Zayd, reflects conditions unique to a neighborhood in central Beirut; the status at your local mahal al-khudra will most likely vary.

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