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On the vegetables and fruit markets (1)

 

 On the fruit-, vegetable- and meat-markets there are a lot of activities. Most of the local people will visit the markets frequently. Reasons are clear. Buying in the supermarkets or in the smaller food selling shops is rather expensive, for many people too expensive. The markets offer the fresh products  for much lower prices. Every  market-stall has different vegetables to offer. Many market-women will come every day to the markets, even to the bigger cities, to try to sell the products. 

Foreigners who visit the markets, will  not only see  a colorful scenery of all the products, they will also be able to see  a part of the (almost) daily activities of the market sellers and the people who come to buy. 

 

Fruit as a vegetable 

 

 Sometimes a fruit is used as a vegetable in the warm meal. Nangka is a good example of such a fruit. The fruit, when not ripe yet, is cut into pieces and sold in a plastic. 

 

Prices of the products:
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A bunch of string beans: 10 pesos

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Cucumber: 5 pesos / piece 

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Nangka: 5 pesos/ sack

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onions: 40 pesos / kilo 

White radish, onions, string beans, unripe nangka, okra and cucumbers 

 

A typical vegetable stall

 

 Prices of the products:

 
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tomatoes: 25 pesos/kilo

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ginger (luy-a): 30 pesos/kilo

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shallots: 5 pesos per bunch of ten

Tomatoes, ginger and shallots

A simple market stall

A combination of fruit and vegetables on a market stall: Bananas,  Gabi and karlang.

 Prices of the products:
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Bananas: 2 pesos / piece

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Gabi: 10 pesos / piece

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Karlang: 15pesos / kilo

Bananas, Gabi and Karlang

Fruit with salt

Filipinos like to eat some fruit when it is unripe. Mango  and tomatoes are good examples. Many prefer to eat the fruit with a little bit of salt. 

Prices of the products:
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rambutan: 50 peso /kilo

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mango 35 - 50 peso /kilo

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melon (sweet): 15 pesos /piece

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avocado: 20-30 pesos /kilo

 

Most fruits  can be bought per piece. 

Rambutan, mango, melon (sweet) and avocado

The biggest fruit

 

Sometimes a market-women has only a few products to sell. 

Langka (Nangka in the Cebuano language) is the biggest tree-born fruit  in the Philippines. The fruit, when ripe,  has a soft and sweet taste.

Price of the products:
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Nangka, per little part: 10 pesos

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Nangka, as a whole: 150 pesos

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Jackfruit (Langka)

Pictures: website Nisikori,  Hiroyuki & Kunchan

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