Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mmm, Moroccan Mandarins

We have been eating at least 2 kilograms of mandarins a week here in Marrakech. They are really, really, good. When passing a fruit vendor and eyeing his produce, he will always pick up a glossy skinned mandarin, tear it in half, and then hand it to you to taste. Always delicious. Always fresh. Never, ever, do I buy them from Acima (the western-style grocery store), where the fruit is no longer attached to the green leafy stem.

The perfect leaves are a tell-tale sign of super fresh fruit. After a few days, the leaves curl and lose their shine. You will never find old fruit at a fruit vendor. Mandarins are too popular and too delicious to go bad.

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