Thursday, March 30, 2006
This particular market is in Roseau, the capital of Dominica. Every Saturday the booths are everywhere around the market area--mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, although there will be some souvenirs and clothing. Oh, don't forget the green coconuts! These are sold as a drink "coconut water", not as food--the ones we get are all dried up. There are the various roots--dasheen, tania, white yams, perhaps a few sweet potatoes. There will be several varieties of bananas, both green and ripe as well as plantains. There are onions, garlic, carrots, various herbs and avocados. Depending on the season there may be mangos, grapefruit, oranges, acerola cherries, gooseberries, or kenip. Most of the year you can find passion fruit (one of my favorites) and limes.
These foods are typical of the West Indies, although several of the islands will have produce uniquely their own--Grenada is known as the spice island, so you will find nutmeg, mace, allspice, all of which come from the nutmeg. They also grow ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. The market in St. Georges, Grenada covers about a 6 block area.
The market brings you the freshest produce, but the only drawback is that it's only once a week, usually on Saturday. So, if you don't get there on Saturday you won't have any fresh vegetables, or only the stale ones you might happen to find in a shop.