Eggplant merchant in Sidon souk
June 3, 2012 • Category: Travel
He was calling out the crowd in Sidon’s ancient souk: ” Albak abyad ya aswad!” “Albak abyad ya aswad!”
Eggplant is called betenjane in Arabic but in Lebanese it goes by aswad, which is black in Arabic. The rhyme can be translated into the following:
Your heart is white O black!
Meaning: Your pulp is white and has no seeds and you are delicious to eat.
It is also a play on a common expression in Arabic; when someone says “my heart is white”, it means I have no sin, I have good intentions, I am pure. The merchant was saying of his eggplant “you have a pure heart”, you are a great one!
Eggplant’s price is listed on the white sheet of paper: 1000L.L per kilo or 30 cents a pound.
11 Comments • Comments Feed
Mark Wisecarver says:
Awesome! You are priceless for posting this, so beautiful. 🙂
On June 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Belinda @zomppa says:
What a great photo and a great proverb!
On June 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm
On June 4, 2012 at 12:12 am
banana wonder says:
good looking dude!
On June 4, 2012 at 12:33 am
they look wonderful…wish I were there
On June 4, 2012 at 5:57 am
wonderful eggplant, are enormous !
On June 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Christine @ Fresh says:
I’ve never seen eggplants this plump and beautiful! Not even at the farmers markets. It is no wonder eggplants are so quintessential in Lebanese cooking.
On June 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm
Wishing we had an eggplant merchant moseying down the streets. As it is, I will wait for my garden to flourish. And hope the insides are seedless and milky-white.
On June 5, 2012 at 9:34 am
Wonderful photos and the saying is priceless! I love seeing photos of every day life there.
On June 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Nuts about food says:
Love those pictures and your description
On June 11, 2012 at 4:43 am
Délicieusement rafraîchissantes les photos de cet article….
On June 13, 2012 at 11:50 am