A is for Almonds

Almonds are called ¨luz¨ لوز  in Arabic and are available for purchase year round in Egypt. Most of these almonds are imported since almond trees are not cultivated in the Nile Delta. They are, however, grown in south Sinai – in the Bedouin gardens in the mountains around the city of St. Katherine´s.  Two varieties of almond (Prunus amygdalus) grow in south Sinai – fark, a small soft-shelled nut, and al-sal, the larger hard-shelled nuts pictured above. A friend recently visited one of the gardens and generously returned with a kilo of almonds for us…so you know what we´ve been snacking on! Well worth the effort. 🙂