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Save on Your Grocery Bill: Sooq al Khadhraa

Sooq al Khadhraa al Markazee biJeddah
Location: On the outskirts of Hayy as Safa
As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Sooq al Khadhraa al Markazee biJeddah allows you to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables by the bulk. A few vendors will allow you to make smaller purchases (so ask to be directed to them).
The environment is relatively clean. The fruits and veggies are fresh. The stalls are not as congested as most outside markets here. The vendors are overall polite and helpful. If you’re not fluent in ‘Arabic, I’d advised you to brush up on the names of the items you’d like to purchase before going. Most of the vendors do not speak English.
The main supermarkets here in Jeddah, along with markets in Makkah and Madeenah, all purchase their fruits and veggies here then, resell them at a higher price. Why pay more when you can pay less? You do not have to be a merchant to make a purchase, everyone is welcome. 
You can get large quantities of fruit for an equivalent of $1.33 USD (like a large bag of apples). We purchased 5 kilos of green grapes for an equivalent of $11.99 USD. They have a huge selection of fruits and veggies from all over the world. It’s quite interesting to see strange fruit and learn about where they came from.
My husband told me about two Madeenah Uni. students (married with children) who used to purchase fruits and veggies by the bulk then, they’d split the cost and the food equally. 5 kilos of grapes come in a carton of 8 bags so, two families could purchase a carton and each take 4 bags for a tad bit less than $6.00 USD. The bags are big and hefty, Alhamdulillaah. If you’re a student with a family or simply living on a limited income, partner up with another family, buy in bulk and save money In Shaa Allaah.
The sooq is about the size of a mini mall complete with a masjid. Allaahu Aa’lam if there’s a musallaa for women.
There are service men eager to assist you. They’ll shop with you no matter how long it takes. You can ask them about specific items and they’ll show you where they are. When you’re done shopping, they’ll haul the pulley to your car and help you load them up. – Give them a tip In Shaa Allaah, they’re hard workers and won’t leave your side until the end even if it takes two hours.
There’s a small variety store near the sooq’s masjid if you need water or juice to quench your thirst and cool off. Even when the sun goes down it still as hot as ever here.
Right across the way you can purchase your meats in bulk. I can’t give details on this because we did not go over there. I’ll try to post some info about it within a week or two, bi idhnillaah.
If you can’t make it to the big fruit and veggie sooq then, just get in the car and drive around. Normally there are fruit and veggie stands all over the city. A lot of the masaajid have them out front daily. If you don’t see one during the week, for sure it’ll be there come Fri. In Shaa Allaah. You can also pick up some fresh miswak and other goodies like nuts and roasted corn hot off the make-shift grill.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Next Topic: The highly anticipated Annual 75% off Everything Sale down in “The Balad.” Another ideal sooq if you have a large family and like to bargain hunt.
Haneefah

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