Spices and Grains

The oldest souk in Jeddah is called Bab Makkah, which means door or gate to Makkah. It is a crowded busy market that extends for blocks in every direction. Business is conducted there, it seems, in much the same manner that it has been for centuries. This photo shows a display for a spice shop. Other goods available here are grains, seeds, and beans. Customers can purchase as little or as much as they like. I love the colors and textures of this display.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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13 Responses to Spices and Grains

  1. thedigitalmarketer says:

    Your pics bring nostalgia .

  2. Beka Farms says:

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  3. Dulce says:

    There is nothing like that around here. Only little jars of spices that don’t look very fresh. Some variety but nothing to brag about.

  4. Titania says:

    I think it just so beautiful when the spices are displayed this way in big sacs. I would love to buy a big bag of Saffron. Here it comes in tiny LOL tiny tiny boxes!

  5. babooshka says:

    I could spend a fortune in here. I miss places like this. On the grounds of health and safety some places like this had to close. Such a shame. Love the combination of smells.

  6. Marahm says:

    Ah, the grains and spices! I loved those shops as much as I loved the vegetable souq. Their colors and lovely odors never failed to encourage me to try new things in the kitchen.

    Here in the USA, we have a wonderful herb and spice shop, nationally known. It’s attractive in its own right, but “bulk” merchandise means a covered jug, no higher than twelve inches tall!

    At least the customers are allowed to lift the cover and get a whiff.

  7. Dina says:

    It could be a scene and a story of our big souk.
    These markets are the best part of the Middle East.

  8. Rosiposi says:

    hmmmmm….I could just smell the scents in the air.

    I came upon your daily photo journal just a few weeks ago and are fascinated by all your shots of Jeddah and its surroundings. I went to Saudi way back in 2004 & I don’t remember being fascinated by the sights as I am now, looking through your photo journal. Good job and best of luck!!!

  9. Hi Alette – Glad you stopped by!

    Hi GeoGypsy – I DO get odd looks all the time because I carry my camera with me everywhere, and the women here do not like having their photo taken. I try to be discreet. For the most part, the men like having their photo taken. Thanks for your comment!

  10. Geogypsy says:

    It’s food as a work of art. I like the idea of buying fresh and bulk. I wonder if you get odd looks at the market taking pics? I love what you share.

  11. thankyou what a site to view!

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