The traditional foods of Egypt are a family affair for Mona Darwich, who is well acquainted with the fresh vegetables grown on farm lands in a country nicknamed Masr Om el Donia, the mother of the world.

“Upper Egypt is knows for its farm lands,” says Darwich, a counselor who lives in Sahuarita with her two sons. Born to Egyptian parents in Brazil, she moved to Egypt at age 15 and attended high school there before marrying a U.S. Marine and coming to the United States in 1997.

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