Tozeur, lush and bountiful oasis in southern Tunisia

Tozeur is a lush and bountiful oasis dotted with “palmeries” as they call them here. These are farms — of date palms. The more ingenious grow a great deal else too — pomegranates, figs, peaches, bananas and various vegetables.

Young dates

The oasis is enormous — and rich — fed by hot springs and carefully tended like a giant garden.

One of the gardeners shins up a palm tree to show us how quickly he can do it. In March and April, he climbs up and down roughly 35 times a day. He’s 56 now and has been doing this since he was 11. Ibn Chabbat’s irrigation system is still in use but with mod cons such as electric water pumps.

Originally published at on June 2, 2018.

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