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Buy local products reduces your co2 footprint

Why is buying local so important? Eating local means more money stays within your community.

Every dinar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy. 

Local produce is fresher and tastes better because it is usually sold within 24 hours of being picked.

You can reduce the carbon footprint of your food by up to 7% by eating locally.

Bahraini farmers and local products

Do you often see  men beside the roads selling fresh fruits and vegetable?


Do you stop and check it out?


If you don’t yet do yourself a favor and next time you see one stop and have a look.


Most of what they sell unbelievable as it seems is grown right here on Bahraini soil.

Produce is seasonal and a really huge selection is available the whole year through.


Most of the farms have been in the family for generations, as an inherited profession the skills and interest have been handed down for many years.


An amazing array of products are locally grown  and can be bought and collected from the farms.


(many fruits and vegetables are organically grown but always ask for the type of water used by them to make sure)


The out door farmers market is is Budaiya in the cooler months a second one the whole year round


Farmers Market - Hoorat A’ali
A permanent destination for locally grown fresh produce.
Open 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, 


Ramadan timings 10am-4pm in Hoorat A’ali (Closed on Sundays)

Regulat Timings  9am - 3pm (closed Sundays)


Location


Dates (tam’r), Bahraini Almonds (looz), figs (teen), pomegranates (r’maan), bananas (moosa), lime , apples (t’faag), mangoes (manga), watermelon (jich), purslane (Birbeer), roquette, cucumber (khjar), tomatoes, leeks, Jejubas(knaar), dill, rhubarb, and much, much more.

EGGPLANTS



The long and slender green fruits are “Thai Long Green.


The  sweet and tender, long lavender eggplants Ping Tung.


Listada De Gandia” are the purple and white stripped ones.





Three different purple eggplants including


“Black Champion” “Gitana.” huge radiant green oval-shaped called “Green Giant

Local: September - February


KNOW THE DIFFERENCE


Flat leaf parsley (Bahdounes-arabic) can be mistaken for cilantro until you pick it up and smell it.


Its aroma is quite a bit stronger than that of curly parsley, sold without roots.


Cilantro or Coriander (Hasish-arabic) leaves are sold with root

NEEM -Azadirachta indica

More info on Neem's health and beauty benefits on the download page.

 

Neem leaf powder is highly anti-bacterial, and the leaves have been used for centuries to make anti-bacterial washes and poultices.


Add Neem powder to cosmetic clays to make a face pack or body wrap that is suitable for acne prone skin.


Add Neem powder to salt scrubs for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.


Make a tea infusion with Neem powder, and use the infusion in a bath to treat chicken pox or oozing skin eruptions.


Use it in a gardener’s hand scrub with corn meal to provide anti-bacterial cleansing after working in the soil.


Neem powder works well as a hair oil treatment for scalp conditions.

QUICK CHART LOCAL GROWN VEGETABLES

Basil
Eritrean Basil (Mashmoom)
Beetroot
Brocolli
Cauliflower
Cherry tomatoes
Courgettes
Dill
Gourds
Leeks

Lettuce (Boston)

Lettuce (lollo Rosso)
Onions
Purslane (Birbier)
Rhubarb
Capsicum
Celery
Chillies
Cucumber (local)
Eggplants
Jews Mallow (molakhia)
lemon grass
Lettuce (Iceberg)
Lettuce (Romaine)
Oregano
Radish
Rocket (Argula)
Carrots

Chard

Cilatro Coriander
Cucumber
Funegreek
Ladies fingers
Lettuce (Lollo Bionda)
Mint
Pumpkins
Parsley (sold with roots )
Red Basil
Spinach
FRUIT TREES AND HERBAL WATER

 

Abdulaziz & Ahmed Khalifa,

developed their love for farming at an early age through their father.

 

They took over the family farm after his death, to continue the production of fruit and vegetables he had produced.
 
 
They sell and plant trees and their products. Fruit trees, berries, Bahraini (Indian) almond, tamarind, Sappodilla (chico). Produce palm and herbal water and palm syrup.

Mobile: 39404191 / 39625487

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GRASS FARMER

 Ebhrahim Al Qaydoom started farming as a small child with his father. He started a grass planting project in2002.He is now of the leading grass farm in the area.

He not only sells grass, but provides grass planting service to suit your personal needs.

Mobile:39692610

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TRADITIONS - COFFEE AND TEA

In many cultures, especially the Arabian Gulf, serving, preparing and drinking tea and coffee remains the focal point during social gatherings of all kinds, derived from the Bedouin hospitality this remains unchanged, performing the  same ceremony which has ruled for centuries.

Gahwa is considered an integral part of the traditional welcome in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and other Gulf Countries.

Several flavors of tea are served, including mint, lemon, ginger, saffron and cardamom tea. Some in red tea others in tea with milk, depending on occasion and season.

Traditionally the ritual of presenting gahwa begins when the host places a set of four coffee pots, called Della.

Next to an open fire he pours the coffee beans onto a mahmasa, which is held above the flames. He stirs the roasting beans and when the beans are cooked they are left to cool before being crushed with a pestle in a mortar called mahbash.

Water is poured into the second large pot which contains freshly ground coffee which is then boiled over fire. Now the host pounds the cardamom seeds, and sometimes a pinch of saffron, into the third della which is then filled with the freshly brewed coffee from the second pot and brought to boil again.

Finally the gahwa is poured into the fourth and smallest pot and served with utmost etiquette.

It is always the host's privilege to serve his guests, although a servant may assist by holding the tray of small, china cups without handles (finjan).

He may pour himself a small cup first in order to taste it, but strict rules of etiquette are observed in the serving order. When only men are present, the most important person in the room is served first.

Age takes precedence if there is some doubt as to rank. Until a few years ago men were always served before women, but today that custom is often reversed, particularly if Westerners are among the guests.

The cups are only half filled, but guests may have several refills. It is polite to accept an odd number of cups -- one, three or five.

When the guest has finished he should jiggle the empty cup from side to side, indicating to the host that he has had sufficient. To refuse the first round is considered not only bad manners but also an insult to the host.

Gahwa is never sweetened with sugar.

Fresh dates which contain 55% natural sugar, are offered as accompaniment to this heavenly brew, you either love it or hate it.

The proportions of coffee and cardamom in the recipe of gahwa vary considerably from region to region.

Gahwa is offered to you not only as refreshment but also shows that you are being welcomed by your host.

It is part of our Bahraini hospitality. One cup of gahwa will invite one more.

 

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Mr. Humood Saif Al Amiri started the fine art of preparing and serving coffee and tea as a child, working with his father, who had the honor of pouring coffee for late Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, and before him Mr. Humood’s grandfather served Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the father and grandfather of HH King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.

He was taught the etiquette and skills of pouring tea and coffee at VIP gatherings.

After his fathers dead Humood inherited his fathers serving tools and they are used for exhibitions and tours. 

Mr. Humood has successfully represented Bahrain on several occasions abroad.

Mobile: 39664605 / 39225980 /17778396

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DAIRY FROM THE FARM

Traditionally yogurt was produced in every Bahraini household by hanging milk in a pot wrapped with a towel or piece of cloth for a number of days, keeping it like so until it was ready to be eaten.

Laban (buttermilk) was likewise homemade by putting milk into a clay pot, shaking it until the sound of the milk changed which takes up to an hour or so.

Ali Abdulnabi Al Mawali helped breeding cattle since he was a child, and expanded over the years by producing  yogurt and other dairy products.

Together with his 5 sons and 5 daughters he runs the family owned dairy factory.

Mobile: 39549337

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LOCAL HONEY

Sayed Ahmed Alawi Makki  lived in Kuwait because of the Iraqi war, where he with his family kept bees in their homes and around the farms and produced honey.

There he took a government workshop to enhance his skills, moved to Bahrain and now has his own bee farm and sells seasonal local honey.


The Egyptian bees seem to thrive in the Bahraini Climate, and he harvests the honey every three months by using smoke to calm down the bees.

Raw, unpasteurized (acacia and other seasonal) honey (very good to treat people with hayfever)

Mobile: 36624216  Email

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DATE PALM SYRUP

Earlier generations obtained Dibs, this is the syrupy juice of dry dates, by placing dry date in sacks on top of each other in a small room called Dibsah.

It has a smooth cement floor ending in a channel.  A  heavy object (a large stone for instance) would be placed on the sacks, the weight resulting in the juices (Dibs) flowing into the channels, which in turn they would guide into a pot

 

The Dibsah is still used and after harvesting ripe date are washed and then dried for5 days in the sun. The syrup maker now used a stick and large mat to press the dates down, every day adding more layers , these layers can reach a height of 3 meters.

 

Haj Abdulla Isa AbdAli learned his trade on his grandfather’s farm. He bought his own farm and with his son Isa he produces the syrup from his farm’s daily gathered dates.

Mobile: 39651225

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