Photographer's Note

Looking at this colourful exhibition of fruit in the Funchalís Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmersí Market), you may start to imagine how great they may taste. Indeed, when we entered the market, we were straight away surrounded by people who offered us variety of exotic fruit to taste. The various species of passion fruit were a hit but there were plenty of fruit species which I have seen for the first time in my life. Everything can grow on Madeira. My wife and daughter tasted some fruit and decided to buy some for the hotel. We just picked four fruits for which we paidÖ 32Ä. That was quite a surprise to me. I didnít even bother to ask for the price before because I didnít expect to pay 8Ä per fruit. Slightly disgusted we went to the second floor of the market where we found more stands. Interestingly, the prices were much more reasonable there. We had a chat with the fruit stand owners, they told us that the ground floor stands have fruit imported from South America, indeed I could see in my photo that the label mentioned that the mango comes from Brazil. I was naÔve to assume the fruit are local. Also, the fruit which we got to taste were actually supplemented with sugar to improve their taste. The real fruit were less sweet. We had a real demonstration by the real farmers with the local Madeira products in the first floor, sadly we didnít buy fruit from them anymore. At least we bought there some local dried chili peppers.
80% of population on Madeira relies on tourism. We were happy to spend money there. But after this experience I became much more careful.

I found an interesting guide to the fruit of Madeira:
The long green one at the back left for example is called delicious fruit or ananas-banana (Monstera deliciosa).

32.648492, -16.904102

COSTANTINO, dedee, Fis2, ChrisJ, ikeharel, PaulVDV, mcmtanyel has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 0
Points: 30
Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7506 W: 106 N: 19649] (75217)
View More Pictures