28 October 2009

Having fun with Colombian fruit

I had the most marvellous day on Monday. Across the street from where I am staying there is the most wonderful, fresh fruit supermarket. It is an explosion of color in the form of the strangest fruits that I have ever seen.

[Below] The first thing that caught my eye was the enormous pumpkins.. ready for Halloween. Yay!

[Below] Of course I asked before I went around with my excited, trigger-happy finger twitching on my camera - I have learned my lesson from so many other countries, where the security guards approach and accost. The beautifully friendly Colombian people welcomed me into their store, gave Stefi (my host) and I their blessings and welcomed me back whenever I like.

After about 20 minutes of pouncing around like a schoolboy in a chocolate factory, Arelis (the supervisor) approached and led me around the store explaining the uses of all the strange fruits which I had never seen before. And she kindly gave us numerous fruits to try for the first time.

[Below] Among those that we tried we these tiny oranges. I asked, "Who has the patience to peel these things?"
"You don't," replied Arelis, taking one and popping it in directly in her mouth.
I followed suit and was shocked to discover that it tasted exactly as an unpeeled orange would taste: horrible! I spent the next ten minutes rushing all around the store finding free samples to quash the lingering taste in my mouth.

The tiny oranges appear big in the following photo but only because Stefi was holding them close to the camera. In actually fact the largest was no more than 2.5cm in diameter.

[Below] One of the fruits that I did recognise... Grenadines.

[Below] More free samples. I don't know what it was, but it was a white and viscous drink. Hmm... now that I think about it I don't want to know.

[Below] Okay, so it wasn't just me who didn't know what the heck you're supposed to do with these fruits. Some of them actually had instructions. "Meet Rábano Blanco."

[Below] Delicious oranges. They had to re-stock the sample plate after we finished with it.

[Below] I have no idea what this was. All I know is that it was big, brown and could be used as a weapon.

[Below] Something from the banana family, but not bananas.

[Below] And just in case you didn't realise how big those pumpkins were... they were bigger than my head!

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  1. Anonymous19:19

    Hey Ara, it's so funny to read your stories!
    I hope you stay travelling for a LONG time!
    (as long as your hair can grow....)
    greetings from beautiful Wilnis!

  2. Thanks Sam. :)
    Though I don't know how much longer I can keep growing my hair, haha.
    Sending you both much love from Colombia!!!
    ps. aren't you in Haarlem anymore?

  3. Hi Ara! It appears that I must go to Columbia for the fruit alone. I hope when you get to the U.S. you come stay with me for a bit in Austin. What we don't have in the way of fruit, we can make up in breakfast tacos! - D

  4. Taco is a fruit, no? jeje

    Thanks so much for the invitation, Dee! I would love to stay with you when I come to Austin... though it may be a little while still. :)

  5. BTW, I love, love, love the book Perfume. Have you seen the movie? :)

  6. Ara!!! que líndo viaje por Colombia :D!
    mi madre vio tus fotos, te manda muchos saludos jajajaaj!!
    Te recomiendo sobre todo que tomes un jugo de curuba, es mi sabor favorito que no pruebo hace más de 6 años, es lo mejooooorr!

    Mucha suerte y espero más fotos!!!!!!!

  7. Dee - Yes, the book is written incredibly well. I did see the movie and, although I must admit it was very true to the book, I have to say that I preferred the experience of reading it. :)

    Paula - gracias por tu comentario y muchas gracias por tu mama. Por favor pasar mis saludas a ella y tu tío. :) Recién agregue jugo de curuba en mi lista de "comidas que necesito probar." Gracias por la recomendación. Wiiii. :) Te vaya SUPER bien, mi amiga :D

  8. Thanks for giving me a chuckle. I needed it today. :D

  9. Awesome post. Also cool they were so nice and welcoming.


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