Fruit! It’s something I’m really thankful for here in Myanmar.
I’ll be honest, I’m not the bravest person when it comes to trying new Asian foods, especially street food. I do ok if I’m with someone and they can explain to me what I am eating. Other than that I try to be really careful with what I eat.
Thankfully Dave and I live right across the street from a huge local market that sells everything: fresh butchered chicken, fish, fish paste and all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm pretty sure I'll never purchase meat from the market. I think I'd be a vegetarian before I did that. I’ve been told that the train that delivers them stops here first so we get some of the freshest produce around!
Currently strawberries are in season!
There are also a lot of other tropical fruits here that Dave and I have really enjoyed. I’m really thankful because a lot of these fruits were what I ate as a kid in Brazil and it’s fun to be able to purchase them for cheap here in Myanmar. I plan on taking full advantage of that during my time here.
I’ve been trying to go to the same produce stands when I shop so I can get to know the people that I purchase things from. It's been fun getting to interact with the same people. I have shopped at one fruit stand for 2 1/2 months and this past weekend the lady gave me a $.20 discount and finally said "you come back I give discount." I thought that was funny!
Today I wanted to share some pictures of the local fruits we have purchased. I thought it would be fun for you to see what we have over here. I hope to one day take some pictures of the local market so you can see exactly where we go to purchase them. It's always a crazy adventure in that market.
Dragon Fruit – This is new to me since arriving in Myanmar. For starters, it’s just a really pretty fruit. Dragon fruit tastes equivalent to a kiwi but the texture is more dense. We’ve also coined this fruit ‘cookies and cream’ because of the white and black coloring in it.
Price - $1.00 - $1.50 / piece
Oranges and Limes – Limes are much smaller here but they taste just the same.
price of an orange - $.50 - $1.00 / each
price of limes - $1.00 for 4-5
Passion Fruit – Ok, I will admit that this fruit looks disgusting but it tastes amazing! It’s by far one of my favorite fruits and I grew up drinking passion fruit juice all the time as a kid.
You can sprinkle a little bit of sugar on raw passion fruit and eat it or you can blend it in a blender with water, ice and sugar for an awesome smoothie. I’ve also put mango jam and passion fruit on Rotti, which is an Asian version of a tortilla.
Price - $1.00 for 4 or 5 pieces
Avocado and Chilis – Avocados are huge here but I don’t think they are as creamy as the Hass Avocados I purchase back in America. I probably won't purchase these much.
Those peppers – don’t be fooled by how tiny they are. They are spicy! When I went to buy peppers I knew I only needed two of them. The lady that I purchased them from started laughing at me and she threw in a whole handful. They probably think I'm a wimp when it comes to spice.
Price – I forgot! But I’m sure for both the avocado and peppers I paid less then $1.20
Papaya – Papaya is right up there with one of my favorite fruits! You cut it open, scoop out the seeds and take the peel off, and cut it into pieces. It's a large fruit so you can eat it for days!
price - $1.00
Have you ever tried any of the fruits listed here? If so, do you have a favorite?
What is your favorite fruit?
Do you have any other questions about the fruit or markets here?