Summertime at Habiba

I have just spent a wonderful 3 months volunteering at Habiba Organic Farm. I arrived on the 1st of August  – just in time for date season.  The palm dates were bountiful with fruit and provided the opportunity for the local community (as well as us on the farm) to eat fresh beleh and the sweeter tamer for many weeks.  So delicious!

From October and into November is time for roman (pomegranate) fruit to abound.  We’ve been putting it in salads, juices or simply eaten off the tree.  A favourite salad of mangold (chard), roman, gargir (rocket) and other fresh herbs from the farm is a fantastic part of iftar after working in the morning.

At Habiba, I discovered Moringa: health benefits galore and tasty in salads, soup, tea… This miracle tree (as it is known) is becoming established in Nuweiba and will help contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture in South Sinai.

Negah tasting the dates

Negah tasting the dates

Start of the new season

Start of the new season

Learning about hydroponics at Habiba with the Desert Research Centre

Learning about hydroponics at Habiba with the Desert Research Centre

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Beautiful view of Sinai mountains

I have loved my time in Nuweiba – being truly welcomed into the community and spending much time with our neighbours. The hospitality of the Bedouin is unparalleled.  Sitting, talking in (my ridiculously grammatically incorrect) Arabic and drinking tea with the women and children of the village holds some of my best memories.  The friendships I made in Sinai have made my experience so incredible and I have every hope of coming back to this stunning part of Egypt.

Emily

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