bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Baghdad's Honey Market

Opened for 14 years, Baghdad's Honey Market has only been closed during war. But you won't find much honey there. It is a honeypot for middle class Iraqis and foreign expats with dollars seeking imported foodstuffs and comforts:
Products range from dried sheets of Barilla lasagna to El Paso taco shells, Heinz ketchup to Nutella chocolate spread, Lady Speed Stick deodorant to Windex spray cleaner, Kent cigarettes to Romeo Y Julieta cigars.
Even during the sanctions period, its supplies, mainly from wholesalers in Jordan, just kept coming. And the difference post-Saddam? There isn't so much paperwork for the owners to complete.


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