Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Royal Toot


Egypt's roads and pathways are lined with mulberry trees (known locally as toot), both white and black. All summer long they shade the paths of passersby, but in April they do more. The mulberries are ripening and soon every tree will have bands of children hanging from every branch to pick the sweet berries. I have the normal "baladi" mulberries growing on the farm, but I also have a wonderful Omani mulberry that shades the hammock. These are Omani mulberries, about seven or eight cm long rather than the short, stubby local berries. And the flavour......

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live in Florida & it's Mulberry time here too. Not only do we love them, but my 3 dogs literally pick them off the lower branches!

Jaz said...

charming :) do you speak masry fluently now?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Not wildly grammatical but fluent. I manage most of my days in Arabic.