Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Market season!

It's getting close to winter, which means it's getting chilly. But it also means that plants can grow without being scorched by the air temperatures, so the variety at the market has really picked up. Everything is more plentiful, and more importantly, cheaper. Plus, instead of a few big stalls who buy wholesale, there are tons of small tables of people selling things that they have grown themselves. For less than $20 this week, this is some of the stuff we brought home...

A pomelo, which I tried in Thailand but Andy has never had. I can't wait to open this gigantic citrus up.
From the same people (a very friendly old couple who always say hello to us), we got some mandarins. They're dirty on the outside, but so sweet and juicy.
Here's a bad photo of some baby beetroots.
Red and gold sweet potatoes, bananas, and eggplant.
A massive bunch of coriander. For $2 we got 9 or 10 plants with masses of leaves. And it is fresh. This is what the markets are all about.

I turned about 1/3 of the coriander into pesto straightaway, since we couldn't possibly use it all when it was fresh. And we got two feijoas, which neither of us has ever tried before. We think they're ripe today, so I'll be eating some exotic fruit when I get home from uni!
We also got a bunch of radishes including their greens (which are edible), and some other things I can't remember right now. I can't wait for the next few months of great, fresh and local produce!!

19 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

That citrus is HUGE!!!

romina said...

Ooh I've never thought of having cilantro in the form of pesto! We have heaps in our garden, so I will be making some for sure. =)

Vaala said...

Oh man, feijoas are delicious. Our flatmate's Mum has feijoa plants everywhere and he's been coming back with bags of the fruit (but I think we got the last lot in the weekend since their season is so short). We've been using them in all sorts of things. Mum also grows a couple of plants in her garden too.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I always get a kick out of the fact that it turns chilly there around the same time that it gets unbearably hot over here.

On a different note, that pomelo looks bigger than my head!

Bianca said...

Wow, I wish bananas were local here. I'm really missing them right now. But only 3 days of local eating left to go!

And I've never seen red sweet potatoes! They're beautiful!

Liz² said...

that cilantro looks so perky! And I love how the drop in temperature is better for plants over there. (meanwhile I wish I could knit plant-sweaters!)

Amy said...

I'm awaiting peak produce season impatiently here. I am tired of eating cherry tomatoes here because I can't stand bad tomatoes. I love making a fresh gazpacho in summer with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and red peppers. I'm looking forward to fresh corn and peaches too.

David J said...

Feijoas are cool! We had a plant in Melbourne but didn't realize it was an edible fruit tree until one day we discovered a bunch of the fruit on the ground. They are really delicious when they're ripe, but can make your teeth feel all fuzzy when they're not.

Cookiemouse said...

Wow, those all look lovely!

Sam said...

I bought a pomelo once. It was the most aggravating fruit EVER. The peel and pith was half of the fruit, and it wasn't even really worth it to peel it all, the fruit wasn't anything special. Maybe they are better fresh...

vagrantvegan said...

woah i just discovered your blog and am totally excited cause i'm moving to the amazon in september! way to give me some much needed inspiration about tropical food!

bazu said...

I love all your produce. And add me to the list of radish leaf lovers. Add me to the cilantro pesto lovers as well- how fun!

Emmie said...

I love pomelos but they're so damn expensive here. I wish I could get all that fruit here, yum!

Lovliebutterfly said...

I love pomelos! I think they would be my favourite citrus if I had to choose.
All the rest look so healthy yummy!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Well, after a 6 month break, I'm finally back to blogging!

I was so delighted with your post when I saw the feijoa. They are hands down, my favorite fruit. My great grandmother used to have a plant with them and I ate them as a child but only 1 time in my entire adult life have I ever found them since. Consider yourself very lucky!

Trib said...

Feijoas are amazing! My mum used to have a tree, and that is the only place I have ever seen them here! I would love to get my hands on some, unfortunately my mother has moved from the house that had the feijoas tree. :(

Veggie said...

All that market stuff looks so neat, I wish I could try them too.

Veggie said...

All that market stuff looks so neat, I wish I could try them too.

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