The signs that summer has come and gone are everywhere in the streets of Cairo. Cool breezes make the dust dance in the gutters, kids in uniforms and backpacks are everywhere and the street vendors have stepped up their game now the sweltering heat is no longer sapping their energy.
The little fruit and veggie stands that line many streets of the capital usually give the first indication that a season is about to change. The battikh and mangoes have nearly completely disappeared and have been replaced with shiny, bright red, juicy deliciousness that taste great in salads, sauces and soups.
So if you are stuck in traffic and see red do not worry; it is the tasty tomatoes that you are seeing.