Shopping for Food in Morocco Is an Animal Lovers Nightmare

Shopping for food in Morocco is a bit different than I am used too. Although, after being in the Medina in Fes (and the early weeks in China) I am used to seeing live chickens in the market.

Today we saw bunnies in the market, and pigeons too.  It almost looked like a pet shop, but after seeing the chickens slaughtered in Fes last week, we know better.

Bunnies and pigeons for sale in a meat market in Meknes, Morocco

Bunnies and pigeons for sale in a meat market in Meknes, Morocco

It made me feel a little sad, although being a meat eater I guess that makes me a bit of a hypocrite too.

Next to the live animals is the meat.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could eat a piece of meat that looked like this just before I purchased it (Yes, those are flies – almost too gross to laugh):

meat with flies in a food market in Morocco

Of course, it was an improvement over the brains:

Brains for sale at a meat market in Meknes, Morocco

And the goat head . . .

Goat head for sale at a meat market in Meknes, Morocco

In the non-meat sections, there are wonderful spices, fruits, olives, bread and sweets (too bad these are covered with flies as well).

Mixed spices in a Moroccan market

piles of dates and sweets in a Moroccan market

Colorful olives on display at a spice market in Meknes, Morocco

If you have been following our trip, you probably remember that we saw much more unusual street food items when we were in China.  I didn’t try them then, or now.

Although, I do eat the traditional Moroccan foods in the restaurants we visit.  And I ate the octopus in La Coruna, Spain.

What do you think?  Is it the new spices, sanitation, or new foods that is upsetting my tummy?

Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2012

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  1. Lynne says

    I think there is a balance somewhere between western over-cleanliness which many believe is at the root of the epidemic rise in allergies, and “third-world” less than ideal conditions. Citizens in these areas don’t suffer because their physiology is adapted to their environment and perhaps if we were a little less obsessive we would suffer less when exposed to these situations. While traveling through India we gave up meat after seeing the way it is transported and stored and experiencing some gastric turbulence.

    • Rhonda says

      I totally agree. I love the expression “gastric turbulence” and I think I will be using it to describe our current state, if you don’t mind.

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