Food in the Fez Medina

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After the neighborhood bakeries, my favorite part of our visit to the medina of Fez (Morocco) was the souks. These bustling markets offer a glorious array of clothing, jewelry, home decor and housewares, tools, toys, religious items… and, of course, food!

My camera could not begin to fully capture the energy and dazzling selection of the food souks, but here’s a taste of what we found there.

fruit of the strawberry tree

fruit of the strawberry tree

snails are sold by weight; note the balance scale in the background

snails are sold by weight; note the balance scale in the background

pomegranates are a pale yellow or orange color

pomegranates are a pale yellow or orange color

nougat candy

nougat candy

I'm not sure if this is beef, lamb, or goat

I’m not sure if this is beef, lamb, or goat

meat jerky is packed un tubs of fat

meat jerky is packed in tubs of fat

goat cheese

goat cheese

fish is also a staple of the Moroccan diet

fish is also a staple of the Moroccan diet

dates, figs, and other dried fruits

dates, figs, and other dried fruits

crepes cooked on beehive-shaped griddles are a popular snack

crepes cooked on beehive-shaped griddles are a popular snack

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  1. says

    Another great virtual trip through you, Susan… Loved the last photo of the crepe cooking, I bet the smell around that spot was intoxicating-good!

    well, if you have more stories to tell about your trip, keep them coming… ;-)

  2. says

    Wonderful thank you for sharing. Morocco is high on my list of places to visit. I cook from a Moroccan cookbook occasionally and I am always impressed with the simplicity and concentration of flavors.

  3. Lavender says

    Beautiful Pictures~Your pictures make me want to book a plane ticket and visit Morocco, a place I have always wanted to go~

  4. Sydnee says

    B-e-a-u-tiful photos Susan! It’s amazing how similar all cultures are when it comes to bread. I hope to see some pictures of bread ovens…

  5. says

    What great pictures, Susan! We’re reading Paula Wolfert’s book “The Food of Morocco” right now and this is exactly the right echo for her wonderful book.

    I can’t get over how thin those crepes are! Did you get the sense that the griddle the woman is using was hollow?

  6. says

    Thank you sharing these beautiful pics. Never been to Morocco, but after seeing the pics, I guess I am going to have to add it to my list of places to visit ( in the near future).

    Best,
    Sihi

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Morocco, my ancestors’ homeland. The scenery is always beautiful and the food is always amazing. I could go for a quick snack right now made from freshly baked bread, homemade goat cheese, and some mint tea. I have a trip over there later this year. Can’t wait :D

    Hanaa
    HanaasKitchen.blogspot.com

  8. Adnane says

    Hi Susan, I’m glad you visited Morocco, one of the oldest countries in the world. You probably know it already, but the Muslim Kingdom of Morocco started existing 12 centuries ago, and guess what ? Fez was its first capital. The Berber Kingdoms in Morocco existed even before.

    Anyway, I would like to make one clarification, if you allow me that : In the picture, we can see the veal meat. It’s smaller than beef and bigger than lamb or goat.

    About the strawberry tree : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbutus_unedo

    I hope you’ll visit Morocco again and, I’m pretty sure, you’ll be more amazed as the whole country is changing !

    Good luck with your blog

    Adnane

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