01 September 2011

Mystery Fruit, Tokmok, and More Orozo Ait

These delicious plums appeared (it seemed) on a sorry-looking tree in the yard a few days ago.  I think they're Chinese plums, but I need to ask someone selling them in the bazaar what they're called here.  They make amazing jam.

No one will miss mowing the lawn here.

This is a corner of a giant pile of tomato pulp one of the neighbors was using as compost. 

On Orozo Ait people leave their doors open if they want people to visit.  Everyone visits each other in turns, so generally you entertain one day out of the three.  There are some photos below of the dastarkhan.

Bus stop.  So typical.

These boys are going door-to-door, chanting and asking for candy on the first day of Eid.

This is one reason why it was such a problem that the muftiate didn't get Eid al-Fitr sorted out sooner.  There's a lot to do to prepare for Orozo Ait, and if you don't know what day it's going to be, it makes it that much more difficult.  It also caused problems for the mosques and various celebrations that were supposed to happen early on Tuesday morning because they weren't announced till nearly midnight on Monday night.  Several men apologized to my husband for not taking him to the mosques because they didn't know themselves what time anything was going to happen.


  1. We had a green plum tree in my yard growing up in New Mexico. Ours was a greengage plum tree. I wonder if that might be it.
    Plums from the grocery store are alright, but they are nothing compared to sweet ripe plums right off the tree!

  2. Chelsea, they look a lot like greengage plums, but I think that it's more likely that they're Chinese plums because we're in Kyrgyzstan. I haven't been able to find many photos of the fruit online, but if you scroll down on this page http://www.eatpress.com/?tag=chinese-plum-sauce
    there's a good photo that looks exactly like what I've got.

    Thanks for commenting. I was noticing on your profile that you were in Urumqi. So cool.