Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mangroves and Sidr Trees in Fujairah and Kalba

A person doing research on the food that the local people of Fujairah and Kalba ate hundreds and thousands of years ago has asked some questions.

I wonder if you can help?

1. Have you ever seen mangrove trees (qurm in Arabic) with fruit in this area and do local people still eat them? The Fujairah and Kalba fruit markets don’t appear to stock mangrove fruit in their souks but maybe this is regarded as a wild or traditional fruit.

2. If you have seen mangrove fruit, when does the fruit ripen in Fujairah and Kalba?

3. Have you ever seen sidr trees around Fujairah and Kalba? This tree has an ancient tradition and the fruit and honey that comes from it is much sought after, especially in Yemen.

4. If so, when does the sidr fruit ripen in Fujairah and Kalba?

(See pictures of the sidr fruit or berries at this link)


5. Does honey come from the mangrove blossom in Fujairah and Kalba and if so, when?

6. Does honey come from the sidr blossom in Fujairah and Kalba and if so, at what times of the year?

If you know one or more answers to the questions, do send me an email. The researcher would be grateful to hear what you have to say.

Geoff Pound


This article is also posted on the Fujairah in Focus—Facebook Page.

Images: Mangrove fruit (courtesy of Wikipedia).

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