The smell and colour of the fruit and vegetables, the relaxed atmosphere, make the market a good place for anyone wishing to get to know the profusion and variety of the ingredients at close... even if you are going to stay at a hotel and not going to shop for food.
And there are a whole variety of peppers.
From the ones you're familiar with like bay leaves to ones you've never seen before.
Try the extremely hot Brazilian peppers called malagueta ( seen at the top pic ) - the small round orange-like ones are murupi peppers.
At the botton pic, from left to right:
the big red ones are called "dedo de moça"
( young lady's finger )
pimenta-de-cheiro from the Amazon and
more murupi peppers...
It is a pity VT doesn't have kind of an "odorama" possibility :o)
The scent of the herbs is so great...
To those markets to take place, one or more streets are closed to traffic and the traders set up their stalls as early as daybreak. They shout their wares with lively cries that are sometimes sung with sense of humour -always based on contemporary issues.
The little stalls offer an abundance of vegetables and fresh leaves It is possible to buy artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, aubergines, numerous types of lettuce and also some veggies that may be unfamiliar to you like chuchu, jiló, maxixe, aipim ( or manioc root ) and brazilian pumpkins - which are used as side dishes as well as to make a delicious dessert called "doce de abóbora."
Brazilian bananas - large or tiny - are sweet and taste fantastic, because they are not harvested green to travel around the world.
Oranges and Limes - There are many varieties of oranges in Brazil, including "limas" (which are not limes, but a bittersweet orange - very good ones for a fresh squeezed juice ) and laranja-lima, very sweet and tasty Tangerines are very, very sweet also. Limes are called "limão galego" and lemons "limão Tahiti."
Brazilian pineapples are called "abacaxi." They are white inside and much sweeter than the ones from Hawai.
Other exotic fruits like fruta do conde, carambolas, jaboticabas, passionfruit, acerola and cashews (great for fresh juices)
Papayas of different sizes, Mangoes come in several delicious varieties, from little green ones, known as "Carlotinhas" to enormous red ones.
We use Avocados ( Abacates ) in here for desserts and milk drinks called "vitaminas" - not for salads ( unless you are going to a Mexican restaurant, of course... )
And the Figs..... in fact two of these little boxes of figs seen here ended up going home with me... I just love them.
Brazil is a country which has the most incredible variety of fruits. The choices are unbelievable so go and try them.
The place to buy fruits and vegetables is your neighborhood's street market or "feira livre."
All week round there is always one of them going on.
Here, a list of the markets by week day, street and neigborhood:
( just those in the south zone of the city )
. Av. Lineu de Paula Machado - Lagoa
. Pça Tenente Gil Guilherme - Urca
. Av. Augusto Severo - Glória
. Pça Serzedelo Correia - Copacabana
. Rua Henrique Dumont - Ipanema
. Rua Gustavo Sampaio - Leme
. Rua Vicente de Souza - Botafogo
. Rua Particular Infoshopping - Catete
. Rua Barão de Macaubas - Botafogo
. Pça General Osório - Ipanema
. Rua Maria Eugênia - Humaitá
. Pça Edmundo Bittencourt - Copacabana
. Pça Nicarágua - Botafogo
. Rua Conde Lages - Glória
. Rua Ronald de Carvalho / Min. Viveiros de
Castro - Copacabana
. Pça Nossa Sra Auxiliadora - Leblon
. Pça Nossa Senhora da Paz - Ipanema
. Viaduto Jardel Filho - Laranjeiras
. Rua Felicio dos Santos - Santa Tereza
. Pça Santos Dumont - Gávea
. Rua Prof. Ortiz Monteiro - Laranjeiras
. Rua Frei Leandro - Jardim Botânico
. Rua Paulo Barreto - Botafogo
They happen always in the mornings and the prices will go down as time passes.... Going there around 10/11 am is a good idea...
The pics in here were taken on Rua Prof. Ortiz Monteiro, Laranjeiras.