Everywhere we travel, the first thing I look for is the local market. Local markets are bursting with heritage breeds and heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and other mysterious food items known only to the locals. Walking through a local market helps me to connect with the community’s roots.
Patzcuaro, Mexico had an open air market bursting with everything imaginable. Join me in a walk through the market. Fruits galore! We found many of the same fruits that we have in Nicaragua, only slightly different varieties such as the mangoes. Fresh strawberries…mounds and hills of them all over the market. It was such a treat to buy fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries daily.
We had irresistible cravings for sweet yellow corn and we found it in the market. We heard that the vendors recently began to sell yellow corn as opposed to the white field corn, so we took daily walks to the market to buy fresh succulent yellow corn. Mexico is known for its chilies and the market didn’t disappoint.
“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.”
― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Yep! The smoked pork loin was superb! I couldn’t say the same for the dried white fish or the chicharrones, fried pork skin. I was surprised how fresh the meat and fish market smelled. Usually, the meat markets are festering caves of blood and flies. But, this market was so clean and odorless.
Desserts…my downfall. I was intrigued by the jello art! Yes! The jello flowers are completely edible. Fascinated by how they were made, I found several Youtube videos on jello flowers. It is a tedious process. How do they sell them so cheap?
We wandered through tiny alleys packed with flowers, formal party dresses, hand-woven baskets, traditional blouses, shoes galore, and other handicrafts. Of course, we got lost. Yet, around every bend there was another unique item. Do the vendors make any money selling their items? How many things do they sell in a day with so much competition?
We passed a small beauty shop! “Ron, you need a hair cut,” I commented. Thirty minutes and three dollars later, Ron received a buzz cut. “Como se dice no pelo en espanol?”
I do love the markets! Here is a list of some of my favorite markets in the world.
What are your favorite markets in the world and why?