more Marrakech food and sights

My last post on Marrakech. But more Morocco to come!

A man was selling mint from giant sack, right on the street.

mint for sale

mint for sale

Fried fish. Mark, our guide, said that it wasn’t worth eating seafood here and that it would be better on the coast. Also, notice the Activia sign. I had no idea that stuff was so far reaching!

fish and yogurt sign

fish and yogurt sign

Lots and lots and lots of colourful tagines for sale.

tagines

tagines

Mutton, anyone?

butcher

butcher

Garlic and spices for sale on the side of the street.

garlic and spices

garlic and spices

We stopped at a herbal shop/pharmacy/spice shop. The clay items had a stain on the “lid” side. Add a little water or spit, and the stain would rub onto your finger. You’d then rub the stain on your lips as a fairly red lipstick. The things that look like little brooms are used as toothbrushes. I could be wrong but I think the white crystals at the bottom was frankincense.

make up and herbs

make up and herbs

Inside the shop were jars of colourful herbs and spices meant for various uses. Healing, perfumes, make up… you name it, it was probably there.

jars of medicine and herbs

jars of medicine and herbs

They gave us a sales pitch and tried to get us to buy some argan oil (usually sold here as an ingredient in Moroccan oil and other make up). Instead, I gravitated towards the spices. I ended up buying some Ras El Hanout spice mix, saffron, mint tea, and nigella seeds. One spice set that I picked up contained small sample amounts of Ras El Hanout, cumin, paprika, and seafood spice mix.

wall of cooking spices and mint tea

wall of cooking spices and mint tea

more herbs and toothbrushes

more herbs and toothbrushes

Street food isn’t all street meat. This guy was selling fresh cut pineapple and coconut.

pineapple and coconut

pineapple and coconut

These wooden cooking utensils are made of lemon wood. Juicers, spatulas, and molds.

cooking utensils

cooking utensils

sweet treats

sweet treats

Before I went to Morocco I remember seeing photos of brightly coloured spices shaped into tall pyramids. I only saw spice pyramids twice. One of these times are pictured below, and featured mounds that were a lot smaller than expected. The other time was in a mountain town and had tall pyramids, but those were dried out, cracked, and old.

spice pyramid

spice pyramid

While I like olives, I never really got into eating them often until my Morocco trip. The olives here seemed more mild than the ones I can usually find at home. The pink and white ones were the best!

olives

olives

More mint than you’d ever need (unless you live in Morocco).

mint

mint

We had to buy these drinks to sit on a balcony overlooking Djemaa el Fna. Coke and Poms apple soda. The water is a brand that is all over Morocco named Sidi ali.

Coke and water

Coke and water

apple soda

apple soda

These pastries were unusual to me because they were covered up so well. Most of the pastries I saw were in open glass or plastic cases.

pastries

pastries

And lastly, a shot of the souk.

souk

souk

Goodbye, Marrakech!

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9 thoughts on “more Marrakech food and sights

  1. You take such excellent photos! It makes me want to reach into the picture and pluck some of those olives and spices. I also kept my eyes open for those large pyramid spices and was disappointed to not find them. I think they were in Essouaria. At least, a travel vid I watched before we travelled to Morocco showed them there. :=)

  2. acanadianfoodie says:

    Incredible photos and fantastic adventure. I can clearly see how you would absolutely love this place after seeing all of these photos. What an adventure! Want to go again? I will go with you! :)
    valerie

  3. SCREAM!!!

    I am going to have a stroke when I go to Morocco. We are planning on Marrakech, but had we not – we would be after reading (and seeing) your great post.

    I will need two suit cases for all the spices!!!

    Did you get a tagine?

    • I really, really wanted to but we were only at the beginning of the Morocco trip and were going to be in Spain for 2 weeks afterwards. I really didn’t want to have to haul it around in my backpack for all that time. I could have bought one and mailed it but I figured there was a good chance it would break in transit.

      They’re cheap and plentiful. But heavy.

  4. habanerogal says:

    I could spend a lifetime wandering the souks and open air markets of the world and your photos definitely bring that to life

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