Colour of a market

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!

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Tomato Display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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.

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A Fruit Display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The fruit was certainly tempting, the sweet scent tempting us to buy some to snack on.

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A Fresh Vegetable Display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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.

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A leafy green display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

When weighing the produce, the seller used these old fashioned scales – scales that are not seen in the stores I normally frequent.

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A Banana Display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We had to, of course, stop and buy some bananas. A quick, sweet snack which was enjoyed by us all.

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Patty Pans. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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.

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Close up of Patty Pans. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

They looked delicious and firm lying there, and I knew I had to have a taste before I headed back to the north.

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Green vegetables. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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.

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Another fruit display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Amongst the fruit, a seller was offering small cakes to eat. I did not find these as tempting as the fruit lying in front.

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The fruit and vegetable market in Port Louis. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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

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79 thoughts on “Colour of a market

    1. If you ever get the chance again, visiting the Port Louis market is enjoyable. It is divided into thee parts: the meat market, the fruit and vegetable market, and the market at which you can buy clothing, tablecloths and other souvenirs.

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    1. It would be wonderful to go there everyday – and we saw many locals walking the aisles with their straw baskets. A lot more colourful than the produce section in our local supermarket 🙂

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    1. We had just come from the meat market – if you look at the pictures, you will see that the meat is not refrigerated. The smell in the hall of the fresh produce was a lot fresher and not as pungent. I think we noticed it because of where we had come from. And of course near the stands of pineapples, for example, you could smell the sweetness of the fruit – especially where they were cut and ready to eat (unfortunately my photo of this came out too blurred).

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  1. market colours are some of my favourites, too. there are a number of markets i visit from time to time, and it is true: nothing beats market freshness! thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. Methinks the meat market would have had that Chinese influence, indeed – Hai Pong!
    Very colourful. I wish we could get bananas like that here. They seem a bit more restrained about what they do.

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  3. That is what I miss most about our farmers markets being closed for WInter: the vendor stalls brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables. It puts me in a good mood whenever I stroll through them. Only 4 more weeks to wait!

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    1. I would love to visit again as there were many pictures I took that could have come out better. I am thinking that when summer has arrived I will visit some local ones where I live.

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  4. Such lovely shots and colours Colline! I love how they stacked the tomatoes and Patty Pans are my favourite. Thanks for sharing hon. *hugs*

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    1. The Mauritians can enjoy markets like this all year round. In summer (we visited during their winter season), the colours are even more abundant with the summer fruits.

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    1. Many vegetables grow larger in Mauritius because of the climate. 🙂
      It is interesting to see the contrast between the market in Mauritius and the oe you visited in St.Paul.

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  5. The thing about food is that it looks so spectacular as well as tasting great!! Really enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by and liking ‘The Storm’.

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