Where to buy navat? East markets of Tashkent of
Every year the spring in Siberia began with raznotsvetya vegetables and fruit from solar Uzbekistan. The first there arrived the Tashkent tomatoes, their sugar pulp after long snow-covered winter attracted and called a draft look, same, as well as at the young Uzbek who is seeing off clatter the next passing beauty.
After tomatoes the sweet cherry time came. The first sweet cherry - as well as the first love: both it is sweet, and is bitter - to whom as will carry. July, heat: apricots take the place of sweet cherry. Such sweet and tenderness, it was impossible to pass by! Arbuzno - melon August. On roads the striped disorders of water-melons exhaling aromas the cut melons.
And for an instant the suburb of Tashkent is remembered: the duvala heated on the sun with wooden kalitochka, a sprawling mulberry on which you so liked to climb for black unusually tasty berry after which the grandmother with lamentation washed your shirts. Tashkent - my children`s memories of school vacation.
What is the time since then flowed away... In the Russian markets now seldom fruit and vegetables from Tashkent though on price tags sometimes it is also written “Tashkent“, but taste - that another, exactly - in - exactly similar Chinese. Fruit from the far-away overseas countries succeeded. Moroccan, Turkish, Algerian, Brazilian. Unusually beautiful...
We go to the Tashkent markets where fruit, perhaps, and are not so beautiful, but is more tasty - the fact.
What is Uzbekistan? As it is possible to contain in one word the scorching sun, cotton fields, multi-colored carpets, skullcaps and forty braids at girls... And all this Uzbekistan. And Tashkent which is built up after an earthquake, ancient Bukhara and Samarkand is Uzbekistan too. And the little burro who is patiently carrying a creaking bullock cart - Uzbekistan.
Markets of Central Asia are located on branches of the Great silk way. Their history originates in ancient times when here it was possible to meet merchants from Byzantium and Ancient Greece. Here dealers from China and India brought the silks, here sold goods from Egypt and Mesopotamia.
East markets in those far times in descriptions of travelers struck with variety. What here was only not: silk ranks where the Chinese and Indian silks were on sale. Ranks with clay and iron products. The decorated horse harness and body cloths for horses. And carpets of different flowers and ornaments - from all East.
The oldest market in Tashkent the Alay market is considered, perhaps. On the place of a trade way from East Turkistan through the Fergana Valley, on the mountain the floor space which became the known market subsequently arose Ola. In the beginning here the cattle, including the well-known racers of an argamaka was on sale.
The Alay market still exists, however, it underwent changes: additional modern trade tents are constructed. Trade on this historical place continues. Trade vegetable ranks strike with amount of various fruit, vegetables and spices. It is necessary to pass and to be tempted. Mountains of grapes - black, pink, green.
Large berries of an isabella, the same black are also beautiful as eyes of east young maidens that they buy grapes. You do not love black grapes? Then for you graceful ladies` fingers. Presently the Alay market draws attention of tourists and a new complex where sell products from silver and gold of east masters.
National color of a market is not only only goods. This communication, smiles, greetings. As Uzbeks joke about the trade: “A market - as the song: you will not buy, so you will listen“. East market always begins with a greeting: “Asalam aleykum!“ (Hello!) “Yakhsha - we - syz?“ (How are you?) or “Tuzuk - we - syz?“ (As your health?) .
It at us go to the market behind purchases, and in the east where life for many is limited to a framework of religious rules, the market is the same place as Paris or London for the European. And to see the world and to prove to be. In olden days, gathering for a market, the Uzbek put on the best clothes, took the best horse and the best weapon - even if went behind couple of needles.
East market is already famous phrase, the business card of the East. Same as Eiffel Tower, Vienna balls, Brazilian carnival and Great Wall.
Who was in Tashkent, know Chorsu`s market, in translation “4 roads“. It is just on crossing of four shopping streets - in the Old city. This market has the special aura. Walls of an old market still remember those times when there were dealers from the far-away northern countries, and merchants from the Mediterranean.
Remember walls and the Russian speech which becomes less and less in this solar country. The market is located in the heart of the historical complex “madrasah Kukeldash“ and “Dzhami`s mosque“. Even after modernization it kept style of east market which assumes clear split of malls.
Here you will not meet meat near fruit as it sometimes occurs at us. Architecture of the market in east style: it is decorated with blue domes. Aromas of east spices, fruit and flowers. Also began to smell a patyr, the Uzbek flat cake - east fairy tale before you.
Where nuts, dried fruits and delicacies, - as if diamond, sparkles navat. You know that it navat? The delicacy prepared from sugar syrup can be taken for a scattering of the diamond stones which are poured under sunshine. Nutlets in dried apricots, almonds and salty apricot stones - magnificence which in such quantity and a combination can be met only on east markets.
Here it is possible to have a rest, drink green tea with fragrant samosa or to eat the real Uzbek pilaf. Service of public catering bypassed east markets. After rest it is possible to visit ware ranks, to admire raznotsvety fabrics and types of clothes. Well and, of course, to buy a skullcap for memory. To arrive to Uzbekistan - and not to buy a skullcap for memory of east market? Yes for anything!