When visiting Port Louis in Mauritius, one of the “must-see” places to go to is the market. In a previous post, I shared with you our experience when we visited the meat market. Our visit to the building opposite the meat market was a lot more colourful. And, as my daughter remarked, it smelled a lot better!
One of the first colours we noticed when we entered the fruit and vegetable market was the red of the tomato display. They looked ripe and appealing as we passed, and would surely tempt us if we were planning to buy any vegetables that day.
The fruit was certainly tempting, the sweet scent tempting us to buy some to snack on.
Even the green vegetables looked bright and fresh. The vegetables were not refrigerated and must have been picked early that morning. The leafy greens were not wilted, however, as the building was cool and a sharp contrast to the warm weather outside.
When weighing the produce, the seller used these old fashioned scales – scales that are not seen in the stores I normally frequent.
We had to, of course, stop and buy some bananas. A quick, sweet snack which was enjoyed by us all.
Patty Pans were a vegetable I had not eaten in a while (I do not see them on sale in the Northern Hemisphere). What amazed me was the size of them as they lay in the basket.
They looked delicious and firm lying there, and I knew I had to have a taste before I headed back to the north.
The array of green produce available was astounding, each leaf fresh-looking. By the number of people milling in the market, I am sure many of these leaves were cooked in the evening.
Amongst the fruit, a seller was offering small cakes to eat. I did not find these as tempting as the fruit lying in front.
As we exited the market, I looked back and knew I had enjoyed this walk through more than I had the one at the meat market.
Do you visit fruit and vegetable markets?
(This post was inspired by the folks at WordPress.com. The prompt this week is colour)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013