Monday, April 15, 2013

Day N: Naranj, and the palm-tree climbers

This April, I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, writing about the A to Z of Iraqi Culture. Do give in your own two cents in the comments below and let me know if you have anything to add or something similar to share from your own culture.


Drop by at any Iraqi home for an afternoon visit and you will most likely be served one of the freshest and most refreshing juices you have had the pleasure to taste, squeezed from narenj- a cross between an orange and a lemon that is plentiful in Iraq.


Palm trees in Iraq are sacred. The nakhla has been around since forever. The Iraqi palm trees stand tall, slim and proud, towering over their subjects who have been attending to them with sincere dedication. They know how much their people care for them, and every Autumn, the generous nakhlas compete with each other on the amount of dates they can reward their care-givers with.

Every once in a while, the front yards of homes witness a gathering of overly-excited children, observing in awe the palm-tree climber, saa'ood al nakhal.



  1. I used to date a Laotion boy like a hundred years ago. He and his brothers could scoot up a tree like that.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. A cross between an orange and a lemon, makes a drink? Wow. I gotta try that one.

    And dates ♥ Yum.

  3. Hmm... lemon is called 'naaranga' in Malayalam. Not a coincidence, I think, since Arabs were one of the first people to reach Kerala. The influence of Arabic can be seen in a lot of Malayalam words.

    Nice post :)

  4. I would be watching in awe along with the children!

  5. Interesting post. Visiting from A-z

  6. In Bombay too, we saw a lot of Palm tree climbers. They very swift. They don't seem to be scared at all.

  7. It's that time of the year where I like having some cold juice every now and then. I'd like to try some of that narenj juice.

  8. I do not like dates at all, but I would sure have some of that fruit juice!


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