In April 1992, Tawfiq and Salha Al-habashi founded Al-habashi Mart at the historic City Market in Kansas City, MO. The store specialized in Middle Eastern food items. The store catered to the local Middle Eastern community and consumers interested in Middle Eastern cuisine. Word spread of the store’s variety and quality leading to an expansion in both space and items offered. Al-habashi Mart is truly an international grocery store. The food offerings include items from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India and other parts of the world. Located next to Habashi House restaurant, Al-habashi Mart offers the culinary adventurous a huge variety of food products, many that only exist in the best Old World markets of Jerusalem, Damascus and Athens. Consider the following examples of what’s available for purchase: Nuts: Cashews, pistachios, hazel nuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, pine nuts, squash seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts and more. Dried Fruits: Raisins, apricots, cranberries, dates, figs, prunes, apples, bananas, pears, mangos, pineapples and more.
Spices: All spice, anise, basil, bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, caraway, cardamom, celery, chamomile, chili pepper, cinnamon, citric acid, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry powder, dill seed, fennel, flax seeds, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, marjoram, mint, nutmeg, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper (black, white, red and cayenne), peppercorns, poppy seeds, rosemary leaves, saffron, sage, sesame seeds, sumac, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, vanilla powder and extract, zattar and much more. And Al-habashi Mart has: Many imported Feta cheese selections, Halal meats, imported olive oils (100% pure), green and black Kalamata olives, grape leaves, jams, pita bread, rice, beans, peas, a large variety of teas and coffee, farina, semolina, wheat, Tahini (sesame paste), pure honey and dessert items such as Baklava and Turkish selections. Al-habashi Mart is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience offering discriminating consumers an adventure in taste and learning. Hours: 9- 5 p.m., seven days a week.