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To Market, To Market…………….

March 3, 2009

As you probably have gathered, I have enjoyed exploring the markets in Delhi. They are full of interesting people, beautiful colors, and good deals. I thought I would share with you some of the pictures I have taken of food stands along the way.

But first I will give you some updates. You might remember that I spent $48 on a kilo of cherries. Yes, that was outrageous. They were yummy – but no cherries are that good. So it turns out that it was actually 2 kilos that I bought – no that doesn’t really make it sound any better. And the cherries were imported from Australia. I did not ask for their passport. But, I now know to ask for Indian fruits and vegetables. They are delicious and a heck of a lot cheaper. It helps to know what is in season. Apparently, cherries are currently in season in Australia – not India. I will wait until they start growing here to get more. I have also been told if each piece of fruit is individually packaged in a cute little wrapper it’s probably imported – translation – more expensive. I did not know that I WAS buying Italian apples. Grazie – but Indian apples are fine, thank you.

Since, my first trip to buy fresh veggies and fruit, I have gotten a lot smarter. On my last shopping spree, I got all of this for $7 – a head of lettuce, 4 tomatoes, 6 bananas, a pineapple, a small bunch of grapes, 3 very large carrots, a small carton of strawberries, and 4 apples. They were all from Indian farms.

I finally got back to the chicken market to take a picture – it’s the last one. Vegetarian anyone?

In the U.S., we have farmers markets and I loved shopping in them. But here, everything comes from a food stand and it’s all fresh. Enjoy.

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This is a common site in Delhi and all around India.

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I did not think the grapes looked that great here. But I finally decided to try some and they are fabulous.

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Chestnuts (or peanuts) roasting on an open fire.

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I am not sure what all is on this stand. But the colors are amazing.

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We don’t eat the flowers – but the flower stands are everywhere and lovely.

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I don’t buy our chicken meat here and I am not looking for a pet – but I wanted to show you that things really are very different here.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2009 12:56 am

    Deep – I am with you – I just don’t need to see it first.

    Loco – that might put me right over the proverbial edge – you should blog about that though – how interesting that must be to have a mom who is a yoruba priestess!

  2. March 15, 2009 11:37 pm

    My mother is a yoruba priestess so occasionally she hacks off a chicken’s head (or goat or other farm animals) and does a dance while dousing an idol of some Yoruba god in it’s sacrificial blood while in some sort of trance. Anyway, I can do without the ceremony, but we eat the chickens and whatnots afterwards and like Deep says Fresh does taste better (-:

  3. March 5, 2009 9:06 am

    @Tottsmom – they kill it, dress it, cut it, pretty much do anything for you, but most of the shops do it right in front of you. I don’t know about you, but I’d have a slightly hard time eating after seeing that kind of thing. But, yes they do taste better. Don’t bet on the organic, hormone free part of it though.

  4. March 5, 2009 9:01 am

    When we say “fresh” chicken, WE MEAN IT!!! Ha ha ha!!! But those shops always grossed me out. I am all for frozen meat, but somehow fresh seems to taste better.

  5. Tottsmom permalink
    March 5, 2009 12:46 am

    Sign me up, but you have to find hubby a job first. He will fly anything, anytime and just about anywhere.

  6. March 4, 2009 11:01 pm

    Badass – yes, I agree

    Oma – come and actually travel with us! πŸ˜‰

    Josie – oh fresh chicken is the only way you get it here – it is yummy – but I prefer not to see it walking around first. I go to the shop where the live chickens are not.

    Tottsmom – I am brave but I have not ventured down that road – I am guessing yes – but I will wait until you move here to find out for sure – hee hee

    Lola – I quite agree!

  7. March 4, 2009 3:25 pm

    Very interesting! I’m not one for seeing my meal walk around any time before I eat it, so I wouldn’t give it a try.

  8. Tottsmom permalink
    March 4, 2009 3:03 pm

    Do they kill it and pluck it for you? If so, I’d be game to try it. As long as I don’t have to do the hard part of the job I have to agree with Josie, it probablly is pretty good. But, I would hesitate to buy “of the shelf” at this place.

  9. March 4, 2009 1:45 pm

    I challenge you to try fresh chicken from a vendor before your adventure is over and give us a report. Just don’t tell the kids where it is from. Bet you will taste a difference. I would also bet that it is ‘organic’ and hormone free!
    The flowers are beautiful. How are they priced?

  10. Oma permalink
    March 4, 2009 10:15 am

    I love your pictures and stories. I feel I am traveling with you in India.

    CAW

  11. Oma permalink
    March 4, 2009 10:15 am

    I love your pictures and stories. I feel I am traveling with you in India.

    CAW

  12. March 4, 2009 6:35 am

    I prefer to see chicken I am about to eat already packaged up on a styrofoam tray wrapped in Saran wrap. Not alive with feathers.

  13. March 3, 2009 11:59 pm

    Jurate – they are so beautiful here! And – the picture above – I agree! LOL

  14. March 3, 2009 11:30 pm

    That’s a beautiful flower stand! πŸ™‚ And for the picture above that, I would say it’s “something we should not eat” πŸ™‚

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