On My Travels: The Valley of Roses and Daggers

The Botanical Kitchen

My trip to Morocco was led by food and our base in Ouarzazate afforded us many day trips in search of traditional dishes and ingredients.  On learning of my interest in food, our host at Dar Daif, Jean Paul, sent us along the Dades Valley in search of dried rose petals and rosewater.

Valley of Roses and Daggers Dried Roses

Eastwards along the Dades Valley

His directions were simple.  ‘Drive east until you come to the town square and then take a left up into the gorges but beware the small roads’.   The Dades Valley runs eastwards from Ouarzazate with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route.  We drove in a straight line through villages and palm groves with the stunning Jebel Sarhro lunar landscape to our side.  It was almost eery to see palm trees along this mass of amber stone.   Bleak in the scorching sunshine.

Valley of Roses and Daggers The Dades Valley lined with beautiful…

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