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‘Morrocan fruits, Part-I’ by K.J.S. Chatrath

Because of the mediterranean climate in some areas of Morroco, fruits of good quality are grown in abundance in parts of the country.

casablanca-morroco-sept-2013-478-420-50-jpgA friendly fruit seller happily posed for me in Morroco.

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Melons

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And another variety of melons. Both sweet and juicy.

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 Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree).

Chachnou or sheshnou, is the Moroccan Arabic word for the fruit of the strawberry tree. In Morocco, the fruit is also called bukhannou, sasnou, asasnou, or wasasnou or  as well as by its French name, arbouse (its French name). This fruit is native to the Mediterranean and western parts of Europe, and its trees are found in the mountainous regions of Morocco near Marrakech, Fes, Tangier and Tetouan.

casablanca-morroco-sept-2013-1291-420-50-jpgDates

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Morocco has a large variety of date trees especially in the South of the country.  One interesting story is that in 1927, during the French rule, Moroccon dates were threatened by disease. So they, sent eleven Medjool date palms to the United States to avoid extinction. As a result, America also grows these quality dates.  

casablanca-morroco-sept-2013-1181-420-50-jpgThough Morroco grows lots of dates yet one was told that for Ramadan, the special dates are imported from Saudi Arabia.

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A nectarine. Notice the big size! Incidentally China is the biggest producer of nectarines and plums in the world. Morroco comes only at no. 23.

casablanca-morroco-sept-2013-706-420-50-jpgA nectarine cut into pieces. So pretty!

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Non-Statutory advice: Fruits are beneficial for health!

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Photos, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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One Response to “‘Morrocan fruits, Part-I’ by K.J.S. Chatrath”

  1. sukhdevbedi says:

    Moroccans are lucky to have such a good variety of fruits and all mouth watering.Would love to see people of Morocco & their cultural aspect too in pictures .

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