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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Fruitful bounty of the Marquises


Fruit regularly falls on the ground in the Marquises going to waste, but fresh vegetables are gold and in very high demand.  To have any chance to score some fresh lettuce requires rising early on Wednesday and Saturday morning.  Be on the dock no later than 5:30AM or there is a good chance you'll go home sans the greens. This morning we popped out of bed at 4:50AM and actually were at the fruit and veggie market before it opened.   To burn some time walked down to the market and picked up some freshly baked baguette which is particularly well made here in Nuka Hiva with a perfectly crisp crust.

Aside from the early morning madness of the Tahiti Saturday morning market, nothing else in the South Pacific matches the bounty of Nuka Hiva early on a Wednesday or Saturday.

This morning we purchased all locally grown mangoes, papaya, pamplmouse, limes, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin, and string beans.  Also available were sweet potatoes, green onions,  bananas and coconuts.