Travel Theme: Circles

Day 079 – October 9, 2011

The blog Where’s My Backpack? has offered up the theme of circles for their weekly photographic challenge. A fine theme it is but I will be expanding that choice into a higher dimension.

I will talk about spheres.

For this Sunday, the family and I took a small outing to a farmer’s market that is sponsored by the agricultural university in our suburb of Lima.

In addition to a playground for the tykes, a butcher for all your meaty needs, and an outdoor restaurant for any cravings for ossobuco or lengua, this market also has a wide variety of fruit stalls.

Since we live in a suburb of Peru’s capital city, it only makes sense to start off with a picture of this…

Limas in Lima

Yep, limas in Lima

This next fruit is also called “passion fruit”, but here it goes by the name of…

Maracuya

Maracuya….like the sign says

A word about the maracuya. According to our empleada, no one eats this fruit as is. People do not buy this fruit and consume it like an apple or pear. Instead, folks use the fruit and make a tangy, pulpy juice with it.

Membrillo

1 kilo = 2.2 pounds

Peru knows the fruit above as membrillo. You might recognize it as quince.

Aguaymanto

Big name / small size / big taste

This last fruit is a real find, mainly because I had never seen it before. This, again, is one of the great things about travelling and living in another place and culture – there is always something new to discover. This fruit, aguaymanto, was today’s discovery. While the taste (to me) is just okay, the fun is in the eating. Each of the berries is surrounded by a husk and the trick is to squeeze the fruit using just the slightest of pressure from your thumb and forefinger. Not enough force and you go hungry. Too much force and you’re cleaning aguaymanto juice off your shirt.

Ah, the sweet joys of discovery.

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Posted on December 8, 2012, in Peru, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The aguaymanto looks like something a couple of the farms out here sometimes roll out at summer farmer’s markets: They call it a husk cherry. Wife loves them; I’m not so keen. But I do love another cherry-named fruit out here that I see in the summer briefly (and I think it’s an actual cherry): the sour cherry.

    • I’m guessing the husk cherry, as per its name, has a husk that needs to be removed before eating. I wonder if it is as challenging to remove as the fruit here in Peru.

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