February 06, 2011

To Market, To Market - Part 1 (Fruit)

It was so beautiful here last weekend I decided to head back to the Farmers' Market.  This time I remembered my camera and decided that I would focus on two things - flowers and fresh fruits.  I arrived just as the sun was rising over the trees, and it was already crowded.  The market doesn't officially open until 7:30 a.m. but many vendors will let you buy their goods, but you will have to come back to pick them up after the horn has sounded.

There is certainly an abundance of luscious fruits at the market, and even a few that I had never seen before.  It is a given that there will always be pineapple, papaya, and bananas so I tried to find some unusual fruits to showcase here.

Lilikoi (Passionfruit)
"many edible seeds, sweet-tart flavor"

Seedless Guava
 "tastes like an Asian pear with a hint of apple"

"large sweet citrus"

Canistel (Eggfruit)
"Sweet potato texture"

"sweet and sour taste, eat when soft and serve cold"

Sapodilla (Chico)
"tastes like a brown sugar pear, enjoy when soft"

Malta Lime
"a lemon-lime hybrid from the Mediterranean"

Rheedia Edulis
"sweet-tart candy-like flavor"

"large, sweet variety.  Very high in antioxidants"

Rainbow Papaya
"very sweet, use the seeds in a dressing"

Duku Langsat
"takes 20 years to fruit. Delicious, sweet grapefruit flavor"

Black Sapote
"eat when very soft.  Sweet with some chocolate flavor.  Mix with whipped cream to taste like chocolate mousse"

"Rambut is a Malay word that means ‘hairs’, so you can see where the fruit got its name. The fruit is a yellow-white color and is soft and juicy"

And lastly, not a fruit but equally delicious.  One stand was selling beignets and I could not resist.  I love how this one looks like a heart.


  1. Aren't markets great! I always love seeing the different produce you can get in different cities and countries. Thanks for taking us along on your tour! :D

  2. Wow I would love to walk in this market :) It looks so amazing and those fruits are so fresh. Some of them I haven't even know exist. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Lots of fruit that I have never tried there - but I have tried soursops and I have to say that I luuuurve them!

  4. Thanks for sharing your market experiences and giving us a warm ray of sunshine to colder climes. Beautiful fruits, colours and love the cheeky heart beignet at the end!

  5. What a fun post!! You chose such interesting fruits, many I'd never even heard of before. Thanks!!

  6. Thanks for the tour of the market. there were many types of tropical fruits that I haven't seen before. I love limes, so the Malta limes were interesting. Thanks for bringing your camera.

  7. delicious fruits so many that I miss
    thank you for sharing

  8. Such beautiful photography!

    Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

  9. Such a great market!! I hope I getto go to these markets when we are in Hawaii!! These posts get me all excited!

  10. oh my, how lucky you are to have all these fruits at the market in February. Here the farmer's market is open from April till Thanksgiving weekend.
    thanks for sharing these lovely photos with us, some of the fruits are new to me.

    Kind regards,

  11. I love, love going to our local farmers market. Where I'm from though, summer is the best time to go. I can't wait to use fresh berries and unique veggies in just a few months. This post gets me excited.

  12. You're killn' me!!! I am absolutely green with envy!! I will take 3 of those papayas please. Beautiful, beautiful pictures, Felice!!

  13. i LOVE the KCC Farmer's market!! I especially love the grilled tomato pesto pizza, if you can stomach pizza at 7 in the morning =). What great pictures and descriptions of our local fruits.


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