I've learned my lesson about the ripeness and readiness of food here. Kitchen pantries don't exist the way they do in American kitchens; things are bought the moment they are needed.
Case in point, the kitchen at my homestay. Food does not appear to be stored there, not even in the fridge (besides leftovers from earlier in the day), but moves from the souk, through the kitchen and onto our plates. From the looks of the kitchen one would never suspect such miraculous food. I will elaborate with photos in my next post.