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Looks like cacao but isn’t.

This post is mostly about why you would want to go to the public market with a local — even if you have been going there regularly for two years. The trip today was with Rocio, the 16 year old daughter of Juanita, a person who cleans our […]

Year ’round citrus

Ripe fruit, growing fruit and buds.

If you live in a temperate climate then you think of local crops as seasonal. In Central America you really only have the dry season and the rainy season. Temperatures are almost the same (particularly on Lake Atitlan). For non-irrigated crops the seasons do matter. But, for […]


One of the types of passion fruit.

That’s what’s new in the market. I saw them in three or four places — all vendors on the street next to the market. I didn’t see any for sale inside.

There appear to be lots of types of passion fruit. But, no matter, this is […]


Jocote (and tomatoes) in the market.

Clearly I got off track on my in the market posts. That was partly because Ana was making most market trips. In any case, I finally realized I was trying to cover new and different things and one had been staring me in the face for the […]

I’m not disappointed

On yesterday’s market trip it finally happened. I didn’t see anything new. There was, for example, a great assortment of fruit including apples, blackberries, papaya and strawberries but nothing new to describe here. Now, there are lots of things sold here and it is likely I missed some strange fruit or vegetable (and I […]