Al Attarin market in Cairo ... spices, herbs and scents of Eid cookies

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Sunday - 10 June 2018 - 9:51 AM


"Al Attarin Market" is known with this name due to its popularity of spices and herbs trade and is located in Al-Azhar Historical Area (Central Cairo).


This market is filled with goods from many countries, including India and Singapore, from which we import black pepper, as well as Somalia and Sudan, from which we import dates and chili.


Black pepper also comes on top of spices, followed by cumin, which are imported by this market traders.


The spices and yamish trade are active with the advent of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. Egyptians are keen to use these materials in Ramadan specialties.


The yamish types, such as raisins, figs, etc., are imported from Turkey and the Levant.


As Eid al-Fitr approaches, the sale is limited to the scents of Eid cookies, like roses, coconut, bananas, and oranges are all scents that housewives are keen to buy from Al Attarin market.


Not only are the sales in the market for spices and the scents of holiday cookies, all the spices traders  in the market are working in  the field of herbal medicine .


The herbs used in the treatment are obtained locally and obtained from certain areas of the Egyptian deserts, through trade connected with some Egyptian Bedouin, either from areas in the Western Sahara or from Sinai (northeast).