Eat local: Mercado San Pedro (Cuzco municipal market), Peru

Entrance to the Mercado San Pedro (Cuzco municipal market), Peru

Entrance to the Mercado San Pedro (Cuzco municipal market), Peru

The central (municipal) market in Cuzco (Mercado San Pedro) is a major draw for both local shoppers and tourists.  In addition to food stands, there are many types of housewares, clothing, and souvenirs sellers plus a large number of food stalls and small cafes, some as tiny as a hot plate and a table full of ingredients.

Our first sight at Mercado San Pedro -- "Three little piggies went to market...", Cuzco, Peru

Our first sight at Mercado San Pedro — “Three little piggies went to market…”, Cuzco, Peru

 

Our next sight at Mercado San Pedro -- "That's more like it -- regular fresh fuit, bright and colorful...", Cuzco, Peru

Our next sight at Mercado San Pedro — “That’s more like it — regular fresh fruit, bright and colorful…”, Cuzco, Peru

Cherimoya, nicknamed the ice cream fruit, at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Cherimoya, nicknamed the ice cream fruit, at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

The cherimoya is believed to be native to the inter-andean valleys of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Seeds from Mexico were planted in California (Carpinteria) in 1871.  Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to man.”[4] The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple.  “The fruit is oval… with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin.  The fruit flesh is white and creamy, and has numerous dark brown seeds embedded in it.  When ripe, the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure.  Some characterize the fruit flavor as a blend of banana, pineapple, papaya, peach, and strawberry.  The fruit can be chilled and eaten with a spoon, which has earned it another nickname, the ice cream fruit.  Indeed, in Peru, it is commonly used in ice creams and yogurt.” — Wikipedia

A cheerful bread seller, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

A cheerful bread seller, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

The Peruvian version of "chicken noodle soup" as a mid-morning snack at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

The Peruvian version of “chicken noodle soup” as a mid-morning snack at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Of course this is where we filled up our shopping bag at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Of course this is where we filled up our shopping bag at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Fresh, local large-kernel Peruvian corn, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Fresh, local large-kernel Peruvian corn, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

The bright colors signal synthetic dyes and machine weaving, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

The bright colors signal synthetic dyes and machine weaving, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

There were quite a few "cafe" counters for snacks and meals at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

There were quite a few “cafe” counters for snacks and meals at Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

"Photograph my beans and grains, but NOT me!", Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

“Photograph my beans and grains, but NOT me!”, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

A slow morning for the cheesemonger, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

A slow morning for the cheesemonger, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

However, business is very good this morning at the bread stall, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

However, business is very good this morning at the bread stall, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Making sausage is a grind..., Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

Making sausage is a grind…, Mercado San Pedro, Cuzco, Peru

 

One thought on “Eat local: Mercado San Pedro (Cuzco municipal market), Peru

  1. You must be feeling better; your humor is coming back. Interesting the synthetic yarn is brightly colored – good to know. Is that where those really large corn kernels come from is Peru?

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