Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Shopping in Trini

Bustling fresh market in Port of Spain
 Unlike some of the islands we’ve visited, Trinidad is a bustling country with all the modern amenities, like supermarkets selling products from around the world. But when it comes to produce, local is better, so we took a trip to the fresh market in Port of Spain, a 20-30 minute drive from our anchorage. The vast selection of tropical fruits was no surprise, since mango, banana, and bread fruit trees grow everywhere you look, along with lots of items we don’t recognize (but are usually tasty). Well, they were all on display and for sale at the fresh market. Ditto for the vegetables, including some truly tremendous squash/pumpkins. We avoided items like big, round tomatoes, which were in boxes indicating their Florida origin, and went for the smaller local tomatoes. There also were tables laden with local spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, etc. – as well as lots of curry powers (about 40% of the Trinidad population is East Indians whose ancestors arrived from India as indentured servants and stayed after their terms of service were completed). The prices in the picture may look high, but those are Trinidad dollars (TT); to convert to US dollars, divide by six. They also had very fresh fish and meats (as in live chicken and ducks), as well as these live land crabs, trussed up with long grass stalks. We’re eating well here!
Live land crabs for your dining pleasure


  1. OMG does all that stuff look beautiful. Not sure what land crabs are, Anne, but I know you'll explain that whole thing to us the next time we see you. So sorry we aren't home right now to see you in St. Pete, but maybe when you come back through in a month. Hope so!

  2. Absolutely. There are certain people we simply must see, and you two are two of them. Enjoy the cool weather while you have it!