Yomna tells us about where to buy fruit and vegetables in Egypt, while teaching us some useful words and phrases in Egyptian Arabic.

Hi! Whether you are a famous chef or an everyday cook like most of us, you will need a daily supply of veg and fruits خضار و فاكهه xuDaar wi fakha.

In Egypt like many other countries, you can get your fresh طازه Taaza or frozen مجمده migammida veg from several places. Choosing the right one depends on what basis do you need your veg: daily يومى yawmi, weekly  اسبوعى isbuu3i, or monthlyشهرى shahri.

If you go to a hypermarket, head to the fresh sector and have your monthly or weekly needs. Or go to the fridges zone to have some frozen ones. If you are not going that far, you may go to a veg shop محل خضار  maHalle xuDaar near your house; you can find most kinds of fresh veg and fruit there.

Another option is to go to a local market سوق شعبى suu2 sha3bi; there are some local markets which are permanent in some places. It is usually called for the place name, such as “Ettawabe Market”سوق الطوابق suu2 iTTawaabi2. You can ask someone to tell you about the nearest one.

Also there are the temporary local markets, which usually are named for the day it’s held in, such as “Friday Market” سوق الجمعه suu2 ilgum3a. In these local markets you can see farmers  فلاحين fallaaHiin showing their crops  محاصيل maHaSiil from different kinds, all are fresh just taken from the land.

The hyper markets differ from the local markets, that in the hyper you get any kind of veg or fruit in any season and you can find crops imported from other countries like “American apples” التفاح الامريكانى ittufaaH il2amrikaani.

But in the local market you only find the seasonal crops of the country but surely fresh. The local market may be considered as a live report of any country; while you’re walking there you can easily recognize the agriculture, economic, and social status of the country and the local people الحاله الزراعيه و الاقتصاديه و الاجتماعيه للبلد و السكان المحليين ilHaala -zzira3iyya wi -l2iqtiSadiyya wi -l2igtima3iyya li-lbalad wi -ssukkaan ilmaHalliyyiin.

So, I guess visiting a local market can be a cultural journey رحله ثقافيه riHla saqafiyya, and of course it’s very colorful, too.