The Khudarji Report 04: 27/06/09
The summer starts and the market is steady, with little change in terms of new produce.
Syrian figs have arrived. Much larger than their Lebanese counterparts, they are at 4,000 LL/kilo.
Lawz (almonds) are now too hard to bite in half and are at 3,000 LL/kilo.
Granny Smith apples, referred to as "tifah amerkani" ("American" apples), have found a place in the market. They currently are imported from Chile.
Larger lemons are preferred for the making of lemonade. Eggplants are preferred with small seeds.
The army has re-established a presence in the neighborhood. Soldiers' purchases are usually "on the house", although many insist.
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.