I love the ever-changing seasonal produce available in the markets of the medina.
This time though it was an extremely short appearance made by a lone old boy with two large baskets of caper berries.
He was set up next to the olive man (as it turned out a serendipitous move from my point of view) just down the Ta’laa from the live chickens and the camel’s head. (I also love giving people directions here!)
Already suspecting he may not be there the next day and knowing that toddler Francesca (known to many as Frangipani! Poor thing!) is oft underwhelmed by things that marvel her maman, I grabbed the moment.
Half a kilo please and, by the way, olive man, what do I do with them for the best? Just add salt and water and leave for a month – easy. And only two and a half dirham at that. (The ones our old vendor clearly needed to rub together. He declined to be photographed).
How embarrassing! I didn’t just not have “small money”, I had none whatsoever. Olive man to the rescue again. He paid for them saying I could pay him back tomorrow. Unwilling to potentially miss out on these amazing berries, I swallowed any misplaced pride and took him up on it. What an amazing place this is!
And now I have my very first airtight jar of preserved caper berries!
One month to go and I’ll report back.