Do you buy from those street vendors?

By | November 22, 2011

All year round whenever we drive in residential areas we always see a pickup parked on the pavement selling some sort of fruit. Sometimes watermelons. Sometimes mini baby bananas, sometimes mangoes. Apparently what looks like tomatoes are being sold in Surra these days b3d.

I never wanted to buy from them but once I saw the tiny baby bananas for the first time and I squealed in delight, asking my husband to pull over so I can buy some. I got a huge lecture on a study they conducted in college regarding road pollution and how the bad substances would have already polluted any road side sold fruit and that if I wanted baby bananas he would buy some for me from a supermarket.

Do people buy from street vendors? Why? If we have Co-Ops that sell exactly what they are selling and they are not selling dragon fruit per say, kilha raggi o 6ma6, why are they bothering at all? If the food really gets polluted why are they allowed to sell on the side of the road then? Is it against the low? Shouldn’t they be stopped and fined?

10 Responses to “Do you buy from those street vendors?”

  1. divaundecided says:

    unless the damage is obvious rotting on the fruits/ veg, I dont see any additional harm that the road pollutants would be doing to it that the industrial process / production/ pesticiides already havent covered :)

    And would you rather these low waged people go steel / be commiting crimes than make an actual living through doing their own lil business.. and besides..these roadside vendors always add to the charm of a country..* goes and hides behind the couch to avoid being hit by rotten tomatoes :)

    • danderma says:

      I am all for people trying to make a living but that shouldn’t be by doing things against the law. Elchabra mawjooda and the fact that they have produce means they can afford to rent el chabra. Period.

  2. sherifalqassar says:

    correction;p lol its against the (law) , ya i agree they should stop it

  3. Summer says:

    I pass by them everyday, and I remember buying from them once and the watermelon was really good! So, I guess it depends on what they’re selling because I don’t think that a watermelon would get polluted because of it’s thick “gishir”

  4. Isabelle says:

    OK First of all it depends what kind of fruit and vegetable

    1. Do they have a peel? If they do, then all the “dusting” from the roadside pollution will come off with the skin and not pollute the fruit. Such as: Bananas, watermelons, oranges, mangoes, etc. The problems comes in with strawberries, blueberries, apples where you tend to eat the peel along with the fruit.

    2. Supermarkets do not automatically mean healthy fruits! Ever heard of pesticides and fertilizers? Let me start from the outside-in:
    A. Many supermarkets want their fruit to shine bright and glossy, and often will but a coating of wax or a silicone spray to make the fruits look better.

    B. Before the supermarket: For example – tomatoes are picked when they’re “mature green”—just starting to change color, but still firm. After picking, the tomatoes are stacked on pallets in a large room, and for the next three days, ethylene—a colorless, flammable gas derived from petroleum—is piped in. The ethylene triggers the creation of enzymes, which break down cell walls and turn starches into sugar. The tomatoes begin softening and turning red. Picking tomatoes green and ripening them artificially is what makes them taste bad. So this is why your tomatoes at the store are red. I don’t want MY tomatoes to be gassed to look red and taste bad! (check:

    C. In the field: But beyond just the look of the fruits and veggies, it is about the way they are GROWN. Are they grown locally? Or have they traveled 3000 miles to get to your plate, which causes much more pollution? Are they grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers? If so, this ends up in the fruits your eating, and in your body too.

    3. If you’re eating fruits out of season, you’re probably eating fruits that have been grown with a chemical method, which is much more polluting to your body than just because the fruit is standing by the road. Before that it was standing in a field being sprayed with pesticides and other chemical fertilizers, drunk deep into their roots, before being plucked and usually – if you live in Kuwait – probably traveling thousands of miles in a truck handled many different people in many different conditions before ending up at your supermarket, which finally adds the last touches to make the food look appealing.

    4. I’d recommend watching “Food Inc (” to get a better idea of what industrial agriculture really does to our environment and our bodies that makes the issue of where the fruit is sold insignificant.

    A last note: if the farmer by the side of the road is selling his OWN fruit and veggies which he grew locally, then it is INFINITELY healthier than what you’re buying at the supermarket. I remember when I was in Qatar I saw a few of these though, and I think they all buy the same stuff from a wholesale vegetable market, so… it’s not a local farmer. I did see farms in Qatar but they were pretty inaccessible and probably cost a lot of money to run just for water-usage/irrigation alone. Would be good to ask the truck man (and verify his information) next time if you have a chance about where they get the produce!

    My two cents.

    • danderma says:

      It would me something to ponder… are those fruits sold on the side of the road more “organic” than the ones we have in the Supermarkets
      then again we have “chabras” where farmers can showcase their own grown produce. They do not need to break the law and obstruct traffic by parking on the side of the road to make a sale.

  5. Isabelle says:

    Oh I’m sorry, was my earlier long response obnoxious??? I saw you didn’t post it.

    I’m sorry.