766. Canary Islands Part 6 | Vegueta Market & Banana Plantation

Vegueta Market

This post is dedicated to my newfound obsession with fruits. I've always liked fruits but back in Toronto I would only get a small variety of them (a lot of melons and strawberries..sometimes grapes, blueberries, etc). But here I've recently started a goal to try all the different types available and at least one per day. I guess this new interest is due mainly to the new book I'm reading called The Fruit Hunters. It's a super interesting book that talks about a lot of exotic fruits around the world, most of which I had no idea existed. Maybe that's why I suddenly got a desire to try as many different fruits as I can (there's thousands of different types around the world), especially on my travels. Eventually I will start a separate Instagram account to document them all. I wish I started this sooner, especially in Peru and the Amazon last year as there were a lot of exotic ones there! But here in Canary Islands is a pretty good place to start as well.

So in the photo above is Vegueta Market, a farmers market full of fruits and vegetables (and some meat/seafood stalls). I really loved it there..the stalls were all bursting with different fruits and colours. This photo below is the book:

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Last week we visited a banana plantation (there's a LOT of them here).

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They had some other fruit trees as well like this citrus tree (it grew both lemons and oranges)

banana plantation
Growing bananas under the flower leaf

banana plantation

One thing I didn't know was that each tree can only yield one bunch of bananas in their lifetime. Once the banana bunch is cut off/harvested, the tree must also be cut down to make way for a new tree to grow. Canary Islands grow their own type of banana which is a bit smaller and tastier than the other varieties.

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Some of the fruits we brought back from the plantation. The guava got a bit crushed.

I can't believe it was my first time trying guava (I think). I love the smell of them. They are pretty good and convenient to eat.



palm tree dates
Palm tree dates

Guava again. I thought the green ones were just another type of guava but I guess it's the unripe kind lol.


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