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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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The northern part of Yemen includes the highest part of the Arabian plateau with areas of the highest rainfall which comes with the summer monsoon. The terraced slopes grow principally sorghum, also qat and coffee. Wheat and maize are grown under irrigation in the high valleys. The oases of Shabwa, Ma’rib, and Nejran were once prosperous towns on the Spice Road leading to the Mediterranean.

The southern part of Yemen, formerly the British Colony of Aden, lies to the west of Oman in the southern part of the Arabian peninsula, on the rim of the Indian Ocean.