1115 The Date Market (Mor 357)

Trip Start Aug 15, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Morocco  , Souss-Massa-Drâa,
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 054 : 2 hours, 2.0 kms

Immediately beyond Ouzagood is a series of hamlets crunched together, so I'm going to count them as one town.  Here the weekly market is in full swing which is fun to explore. Since village stores don’t usually have much to offer, most folks come to the weekly market to stock up on everything from flour to tools—you can even buy windows and doors here. This is the date harvest season and a section of the market is just for local producers to come and sell their dates.

I remember a discussion I had with a fellow in Boudnib last summer who said "it’s a real pity that Morocco with its millions and millions of palm trees still imports dates from other countries like Tunisia."   Now I want to find out what people in this region have to say about that.

I’m told “it’s all in the seed—there are actually expensive, high quality dates produced right here in the Draa Valley.  Others prefer to just grow cheap, low quality dates.  But there’s also a problem of perception:  many Moroccans have this mental block believing that foreign dates are better than Moroccan dates.”

Here I’m able to get a decent meal in a crowded little café before continuing on down the road.
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