Markets are the food and economic hubs of Ghana. Everything one needs can be easily purchased in the market. From domestic goods to industrial products. Economically, the markets contributes a lot to the internally generated income of Ghana. Though these markets operate on daily basis, they have specific market days where more vendors come from different communities and sometimes different regions to trade there. To get the best of Ghanaian staples one has to visit any of the local markets.
Meet the sitta shai, or the Sudanese “tea ladies”.
Walk through the streets of Khartoum, and you will find these women in each corner, dressed in their colorful thawbs and covers. Beside them, a makeshift kitchen is set up to serve you flavored coffee and tea throughout the day.
And the flavors vary. Numerous jars of tea (black, hibiscus, Mahareb) and coffee can be accompanied with herbs and spices like mint, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
The chatter of the day’s gossip can be heard rising above the tea’s steam as customers sip close by.
To learn how to make Sudanese cinnamon tea, click here
Photos by Tomoko Goto
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