Tempting Colour

The colours in Mauritius seem to be brighter and richer – and this is certainly the case when it comes to the fruit that has been ripened by the warm sun. We were spending the day in Port Louis when we came across this hawker selling a brightly coloured fruit that instantly attracted my eye.

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Hawker selling raspberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

“That looks delicious,” I told my husband. I had to stop and look closer.

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Brightly-coloured raspberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The vendor was very gracious as he allowed us to snap pictures of his wares.

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Delicious-looking raspberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

After taking the pictures, my husband searched in his pockets for some rupees so that we could taste the richly-coloured fruit.

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Raspberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I did not take any of the sugar the vendor offered to sprinkle on top of the fruit. Instead I savoured the tangy taste of sun-ripened fruit. Eating the fruit on the side of the road was definitely a treat.

Are you tempted to buy fruit from sidewalk vendors?

(This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress.)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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67 thoughts on “Tempting Colour

  1. He truly made that look very inviting Colline. What a lovely display. 😀
    We used to here but can’t take that chance anymore as some of them tried to poison people. Now we just buy from the farmers at Jasmyn or from the supermarkets.
    Great shots and post hon. 😀 *hugs*

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  2. Beautiful fruit! I would definitely buy some of that fruit. I’ve been known to buy fruit or veggies from sidewalk vendors from time to time. It’s always been a good buy. 🙂

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  3. Regarding your question, I buy all my fruits and vegetables from local sidewalk merchants or even better from local marketplaces – but in the beginning I always assess their standards more thoroughly… 🙂

    I understand why you were tempted by those raspberries
    – that I would have been too, they look amazing delicate… 🙂

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  4. They look incredible. I’ve never seen raspberries so large and luscious. I think they must be a different variety to what’s grown here. They are a luxury in Australia so I rarely buy them fresh. I’m very jealous now:-)

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    1. I think they are a different variety. I think, too, that the sun helps to make them grow bigger as many other fruits found there are larger than what I find in supermarkets here.

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  5. Those bright red colors are so irresistible I will be tempted to buy if I was there. I don’t mind buying from sidewalk hawkers if it were fruits that I buy. Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. Wow. I’m impressed with the creativity involved in turning a motor bike into a vendor’s stand that makes the fruit appear this attractively appealing! This proves how you can make do with what you have. Many would say that they couldn’t street vend because they do not have the means to sell the wares. ‘Outside the box thinking’ at work here.

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      1. I was thinking the same. In other countries, there are less restrictions on survival methods and acceptable ways of earning a living. Some people wonder why others do not seem to do well in a developed country, while others do remarkably well.

        One summer while a student and single mom, I considered selling juicy watermelon slices to people walking on the board walk on the beaches or lounging on the sand by the lake. I thought that this would be a great way to connect with other city dwellers, earn some much needed income and also provide a refreshing and healthy alternative to the usual offerings of French fries, soda and ice cream.

        My plan was to sell the watermelon slices at an unbeatable price of $1 per slice from an ice-filled cooler. I figured I’d sell out fast. As I began to get excited about this idea, I realized that it likely contravened a by-law so I decided not to do it after all.

        Now that I live in the countryside, I see farms with stands of fresh fruit and think about how much fun that would be to grow some fruit and vegetables and sit by the roadside during the summer and sell them to passersby. (Not sure that the sellers share my enthusiasm, but it does look like great fun to me!)

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        1. Your story highlights the fact that too many restrictions and laws does restrict creativity. I am sure many other enterprising ideas have withered for this very reason.

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