Fresh Food in Vanuatu
It is the middle of May, so we are in between seasons. Autumn is a favourite time of year for food, as farmers begin to grow typical temperate “summer” vegetables like tomatoes.
Today we found a few delicious avocados remaining, next week there may be none.
Firm and tasty pumpkins have begun to grace the marketplace.
There is a great quantity of citrus in particular the sweet and organic mandarins. Get used to seeds… there is no hybrid fruit in Vanuatu. Only ORGANIC.
We anticipate tomatoes, wild raspberries and pineapples, among other delightful tropical fare during the winter / cruising season.
The final two images here are from inside the supermarket, and this represents mostly imported fresh produce.
From top left:
- Chinese Greens,
- Sweet Potato,
- Pawpaws & Drinking coconuts,
- Chestnuts & Nakatombol,
- Cooking Banana & Manioc,
- Pumpkin & Eggplant, Mandarins, and finally the supermarkets’ imports!
There is a lot more, such as parsley, ginger, coriander and mint. Along with other vegetables and fruits.
The currency VATU has no decimals, therefore 200 vatu represents approximately $2. And 50 vatu represents 50c. We bought a kilo of limes for $1 or 100 vatu today.
The eggplants are delicious cooked in the Asian style – stuffed with minced pork or chicken, flavoured generously with spring onions, fresh mint, coriander, garlic and ginger.
Christophine is the versatile vegetable, and can be used as ubiquitously as onion and potatoes.
Fresh organic local produce is abundant, especially on the island of Efate. Further North on the remote islands between Efate and Santo, there is less variety although there is no shortage of commonplace staples- manioc and taro.
We love eating here, there is never a dull moment. We enjoyed “lolly” last month, which is an ice cream bean and tastes delicious. Fresh cocoa and other treats appear in the market to the great delight of foodies.
We look forward to a hydrating coconut with every visit to the market.
… and that’s how we grow fine sailors!