Sunday, 5 December 2010

On the weekend I went to Muwalla's vegetable/fruit souq

MOP seems to know every souq in Oman. Probably because he used to sell dates from his farm at Bahla and Nizwa souq as a child. Apparently, Sinaw is good for camels, Nizwa is good for goats, Mutrah is good for fabric, Seeb is good for kumas, Al Khodh is good for dishdshas, ect, ect... And apparently, Muwalla is THE BEST FOR VEGEATABLES AND FRESH FRUITS.

So on the weekend we headed out to Al Muwalla fruit and veggies souq to get some bargains. I wanted to go to Barka castle but I spent too much money on stuff for my new house this month so next month's grcoery budget suffered. So, buying fresh from the farms was the solution so we wouldn't have to live on potatoes, hot dogs and Raman noodles.
Hey, if you are an expat and are TIRED of spending WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much money for fresh herbs like mint and basil, or tomatoes, and strawberries, at Al Fair and Sultan Center, Muwalla vegetable souq is the way to go. It is, a. less crowded than Lulus, b. no check out counter line ups or weighing staions to cue at. My kind of vegatable/fruit buying heaven.You have to use cash and know Omani money, like rial nas is one rial 500 baisa, and there are no Westerners there to speak of that I saw except maybe chefs from Omani restaurants, [and me] but this place is well worth the effort for the prices on the strawberries and tomatoes.

I bought bushells of spinach (yummy with feta cheese on pita bread), boxes of tomatoes and strawberries, fresh mint for chai maghraibi (Morrocan tea), and corn. The corn was a rip off because I only bought one husk. This tend to be sold by the bushel or box. Other than that, good shopping. And close enough for a twice a month jaunt from Muscat.

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