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.)

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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)

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Visit to a Meat Market

In developed countries we are used to going to the supermarket to buy animal produce: chicken, fish, beef and pork. We enter an area that has been cooled and the product we are buying has been cleaned and wrapped in clear plastic. The air smells clean and fresh. Our hands do not touch the animal flesh. We have been distanced from the sight and smells of the raw meat.

When vacationing in Mauritius, I took the opportunity to take my children to an open meat market. I wanted them to experience how others buy their meat produce; and to realise that not everyone selects their meat from the freezers and fridges in the supermarket. The first section we walked into was where they sell the chicken. The building is cool, made with brick, but it is not refrigerated. Chickens are on display for customers to choose.

Chicken on display at the meat market. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Fresh fish is also on sale – fish that one hopes was taken out of the sea waters that morning by fishermen. They are arranged for display on the cold metal slabs, tempting buyers who are searching for fresh seafood for their dinner.

Fresh fish on display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We left the building which housed the fresh fish stock and walked into the one that houses the beef, pork and other red meats. The first thing the children commented on was the pungent smell. And the number of flies that were buzzing around! The displays are not as hygienic as found in the supermarkets we are used to frequenting.

The meat market in Port Louis. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

But even though the meat market had an antiquated feel about it, much variety was on display. The rack of sausages showed that the butchers had a large variety to offer their customers:

Display of sausages at the meat market. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The butchers laid out many cuts of meat to tempt the shoppers and those passing by.

Display of meat cuts at meat market in Port Louis. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

What was interesting to see was the old-fashioned scale that is still in use by the butchers when weighing any product that is sold: an old-fashioned piece of equipment that is still seen to be a part of everyday shopping in this part of the world.

Weighing scale. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

After the gloom and intense smells of the meat market, we walked outside to smell the cleaner air and take in the colours of the road outside. (You can take a look at what we saw outside the meat market by visiting a previous post).

Would you buy any animal products at an open meat market like this one?

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People in Port Louis

We went to Port Louis in Mauritius during our vacation to visit the renowned market. We were not the only ones walking the street that day: some were doing their shopping for food or for goods; while others were tourists like us enjoying the ambience of this Indian Ocean island.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (1). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When you first come out of the market, you do not see too many faces. There are people out and about, but you are not jostled by crowds of people.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

This is not surprising as the entrances and exits of the meat market and the fresh fruit & vegetable market are not filled with people. But walk further down to where the most human traffic can be found, and you see a swarm of people.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (3). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

People are out shopping and going about their business, used to the crowds and bustle of the streets. Voices are heard, and colourful sights are seen.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (4). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Brightly coloured umbrellas shade vendors selling their wares in the hope that a passer-by may stop to buy an item.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (5). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

At times they are lucky and a customer stops by to exchange goods for a few rupees.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (6). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We enjoyed our day walking the streets of Port Louis. We took in everything: the colour, the sounds, and the smells. A different experience to what we see when we walk among the people of Toronto.

Do you enjoy visiting local markets?

(Join Jake every week for a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s prompt is: People)

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