Nazareth – 10. The spice shop

This is one must see in Nazareth, its a 100 year old Arab business selling spices but also a lot of other food by weight, not only is there an exciting array of exotic smells of items generally absent from clinical western supermarkets.. watching the equipment used for making and processing the products they sell..

Left is ancient machinery that runs on steam for processing chick peas, on the right is a huge coffee roaster.

Where as this is more of a retailer in the traditional model here in the middle east, it got me thinking, in mid 1980s UK, various shops I know tried experimenting with pick and mix for all kinds of things, of course most people think of Woolworths for sweets sold by weight, but also my home city of Portsmouth, there was a store selling everything by weight including nuts, cornflakes, flour, etc in large storage bins which required amounts from customers are put into bags and weighed with minimal packaging.   This died out after a few years probably due to hygine concerns.

Here in this store you can buy all kinds of exotic spices, teas, coffee, nuts and dried fruit etc.    If you are used to the ‘Shuk’ (the outdoor market in Jerusalem, than this is not really a novelty, but this particular retailer seems to also sell things wholesale and get some items from abroad too (ie: from Turkey)

I got 200 grams of these brightly coloured sugared almonds which look quite old school.   Think the last time I had these in the UK as a lad they are often extremely hard and people have been known to break their teeth on them, but these are soft and very pleasant here.  Cheap too at 6 Shekels (£1 or s0)

Check out the store’s site at www.elbabour.comMostly Arabic, some in English so use

1. Arrival at the city2. Staying in the old city3. The modern day Nazarene carpenter4. Where Jesus first preached5. Religious vehicles in Nazareth6. Mary’s Well and the Bath house7. The precipice8. On top of the Precipice hill9. More old city streets and market10. The spice shop11. Churches from A to Z or Alpha to Omega12. The Basilica church13. Easter service at the Basilica

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