Out and About

Olives and lemons preserved and beautifully displayed.

The weekend always brings a variety of things to do and excursions to take. The open market area provides much to pick and choose from when you are out and about. The olive vendors are just one spot I must have a look at before departing home.  The nicely organized rows of olives almost scared to touch one out of fear of loosing the perfection of the display is really hard to pass up without tasting one or even buying some. The time to pick, weigh, negotiate and sell them is what everyday life is depicted as one casually  walks through the open market area of Moroccan lifestyle.

Olives are used everyday as appetizers or added for flavor to a Moroccan style cuisine. Each color has a unique taste and usage for preparing the table spread. The oval-shaped olives, which are approximately 2 to 3 cm. long, are preserved in salt solutions and sold as a coniment. The market area present an astounding array of olives from greens , to blacks to spicy mixed olives.  The olive, like the date holds a great value in ancient and modern culture.

The benefits of the olive extends even to its use as fuel for lamps. This is an amazing discovery as it can also be powerfully illustrated in the following verse:

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is as a niche within it a lamp: The lamp is in a glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blesses tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, but those whose oil would almost glow forth, though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! (24:35)

Reflecting on what I had read at the end of the day after returning from the market is what inspired me to write and share how Allah’s wisdom and knowledge is so immense.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Iran has kind of green olives. we do use it as appetizer, alone or mixed with something else.
    We add comminute walnut, comminute garlic, wild dried, marjoram, sour pomagranate juice and dried mint.. Waw delicious. Name = Zeitoun Parvardeh


  2. Posted by seekingtaqwa on October 22, 2007 at 4:46 pm



  3. Posted by adikbongsu on October 24, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    The picture is soooo beautiful…how creative of the seller to display them so…

    jazakillah sister for sharing…



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