As I’ve mentioned, the produce at the grocery stores here is hit or miss. This baffled me because when preparing for our trip, I would say to the kids, “Look where these strawberries are from.” or “What does the sticker on those apples say?”. Chile. They were all grown in Chile. I’d daydream about the produce flowing through the streets here.
Thanks AGAIN to my “gringo wives” WhatsApp group, a few weeks ago I discovered a map of daily rotating markets, and there’s a wonderful one Thursdays and Saturdays close to our house.
My dreams of walking to the market to see what fresh produce is available are alive and well friends. It truly delights me.
The guys that run the market even offer samples. Today Jane and I tried a fruit that tastes like a pineapple but had the texture of an avocado. I loved it, but the rest of my family, not so much. Meet the Cherimoya.
I highly recommend. From the “Fruits of Chile” website: The cherimoya’s flesh is white and creamy (that’s why it’s commonly called a custard apple), and has numerous dark brown seeds embedded in it. When ripe, the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure. How does a cherimoya taste? It has been described as a combination of tropical flavors like bananas, coconut, strawberries, and mangoes. Some people also taste pineapple and papayas. Mark Twain called it “the most delicious fruit known to man”!