Traditional Fesikh plate – File photo
CAIRO – 1 May 2021: Fesikh or fermented fish has been a Sham El-Nessim tradition for many decades, not only in Egypt, but in other countries too.
Sham El-Nessim is an old spring festival celebrated by Egyptians since 2,700 BC (the third dynasty of the Old Kingdom).
Every year, doctors and nutritionists plead with the public not to eat fiseekh (salted fish)—but to no avail.
In Egypt, Nabaruh city in Dakahlia governorate is famous as the “Capital of Fesikh,” where the quality of the favored fermented fish is high that it exports it to different countries.
In Sham el-Nessim, citizens head to buy Fesikh from famous fish shops in Nabaruh.
Sherif el-Yamani, owner of Fesikh shop, said that Nabaruk is famous for making Fesikh, because they maintained its high quality over the past years, which made it “the capital of Fesikh.”
He added that a