The potatoes, meat, and fruits are on the first floor; and the vegetables and medicinal flowers are on the second floor.
When you first go inside, you'll see the potatoes (chaucha, cholla, milloco, among others). The potatoes in the Andes are very starchy so you need to pick the right kind for the type of cooking you're doing. The chaucha is best for making mashed potatoes, and the cholla pequena make good potato salad because they don't fall apart during the cooking process.
Other tubers include cassava/yuca (yucca), oca (yam), camote (sweet potato), and mashua.
Next it's onto the fruit -- and there is so much to choose from. You'll see fresas (strawberries), moras (blackberries), guineos (bananas), pina (pineapple), pitahaya (dragon fruit), babaco (a type of papaya), uvilla (gooseberry), sandia (watermelon), cherimoya (Mark Twain's favorite fruit), granadilla (passion fruit), tomate de arbol (tree tomato), and guayaba (guava), among others.
Note: Branden did say that the best apples to make applesauce with are the small ones from Paute (manzanas del Paute).
|Sandias (watermelons) and |
Babacos (mountain papaya)
Here are pictures of the aesthetics of the building itself:
|Stained Glass Ceiling|
Next, it's onto the second floor to the vegetables. Again, there is so much quantity, it's amazing. You'll see cebollas (onions), tomates (tomatoes), calabacin (zucchini), coliflor (cauliflower), brocoli (broccoli), calabazas (pumpkins), zanahorias (carrots), and maiz (corn), among other veggies.
|Tomate de arbol (tree tomatoes). They're actually |
fruits and make delicious juice.
|The onions (cebollas) are already peeled for you!|
|Price List for the veggies|
|The carrots (zanahorias) are short and fat, |
but still very good.
|An indigenous woman shelling the corn|
|Another woman grinding the corn, to make |
cornmeal for empanadas, tamales, and humitas.
Now, it's onto the area where they sell the chocolate and the spices:
Also the eggs:
|These eggs were beautiful (of course naturally colored)|
Lastly, we saw the medicinal plants and flowers. They were beautiful also:
|I had a tea made from these flowers, and it was delicious. |
(You boil the flowers in water, strain, then add sugar and lime juice.)
Now that we know where to buy the groceries, our next class will be to learn how to cook them in delicious recipes. Not sure when that class will be, but should be soon.