How About a Date?

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We were driving along the streets of Jeddah the other day when suddenly traffic slowed to a crawl for several blocks. The reason for the traffic slow-down turned out to be a block long array of date stands where vendors sell an astonishing number of date varieties.
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There were so many cars stopping to purchase dates that two traffic lanes were totally blocked. During Ramadan, dates are often eaten to break the fast at sunset, along with a glass of buttermilk or fresh juice. Then the sunset prayer is said and after that families share in a big meal together. Many traditional dishes, especially deserts and breads, are also made using dates as an ingredient.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to How About a Date?

  1. Dina says:

    Wow, I’d love to browse in that date market.

  2. NidalM says:

    And there seriously are an astonishing number of these dates! An email that got forwarded to me had this chart:

    http://nidalm.com/downloads/dates.JPG

    Pick your favorites 🙂

  3. Geogypsy says:

    Seems like all kinds of special treats come at Rhamadan.

  4. Great posting on the dates! Sounds like some yummy desserts and treats! I’ve been diagnosed with a “sweet tooth.”

  5. Interssting photos about a country that we know it’s big and rich, but we don’t know it in this particlar things. Thanks to give me this perspective.
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    funchaldailyphoto.blogspot.com
    regards,
    Paulo Camacho

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