The Pearl of Dahab Roastery, located directly next to Ralph’s German Bakery in Asalah Square, is THE place to purchase plastic-free nuts and spices – as long as you remember to BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bag!
Actually, it doesn’t have to be a bag. It can be any reusable container you have on hand. We bring our own reusable plastic containers or repurposed empty tea tins.
This shop offers a range of dried goods in bulk:
- NUTS – Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and a variety of peanuts including my favorites: peanuts covered in chocolate or honey and sesame.
- SEEDS – Sesame and all the types of “lib” you could want, which you can also purchase in the recycled paper cones typically used to package snack seeds in Egypt.
- SPICES – The dried and powered ginger and cinnamon are my favorites, but you can also get cumin, coriander, cardamon, nutmeg, sage, bay leaf, and more.
- CANDY – I’ve actually never purchased candy, but the shop does carry jelly beans and other chewy candies.
Like all of the shops we use for our plastic-free shopping, it takes the shopkeepers a bit of time to get used to our request to use our own bags or containers. Unlike the street food shops where business is brisk, at the roastery you’ll have plenty of time to make your request and wait for your order. There’s no pushing or yelling here!