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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Fruit and vegetable markets, Wellington

Visiting the weekly fruit and vegetable markets in Wellington was one of the highlights of my recent trip. I spent a happy couple of hours on the Sunday, browsing first at the Victoria Street Markets and then rounding off my morning at the Waitangi Park Markets.

There was plenty of fresh cheap produce--nothing fancy or gourmet--with the locals out in force stocking up the fridge. I came away with my own bounty of homemade jams and chutneys (feijoa jam, pineapple chutney, pear chutney and rhubarb raspberry jam) from a lovely lady who not only preserved but also baked, slabs of fruit cake and raspberry loaf that I was tempted by but valiantly resisted.

I loved shopping outdoors, picking up produce, dazzled by the vibrancy of colours whilst mingling with locals. It helped too that the sun shone with irresistible chirpiness and the skies were a glorious blue.

Victoria Street Market

Now that's what I call a daikon!
Giant Chinese white radish

Local apples


Brussel sprouts

Freshly baked japaleno and corn bread

Butternut pumpkins

Victoria Street Market

Corner Victoria and Vivian Streets, Wellington, New Zealand
Open every Sunday 6am-1.30pm

Waitangi Park Market
Waitangi Park, Wakefield Street, Wellington, New Zealand
(next to Te Papa
Open every Sunday 7am-12.30pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/01/2007 11:44:00 pm


  • At 9/02/2007 12:34 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    What a fantastic market with beautiful vegetables. What did you buy? What did you eat?

  • At 9/02/2007 3:02 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those yams sure look interesting. I thought they were worms! :)

  • At 9/02/2007 10:45 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lannae - I was only in NZ for another two days so I limited myself to a handful of bananas, mandarins and apples. I also came home with the aforementioned jams and chutneys :)

    Hi Julia - Apparently the yams are incredibly sweet and tasty. I should've bought some to try. Definitely will next time!

  • At 9/03/2007 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You know I've never seen a yam before and for some reason I thought they'd be white small turnip looking things so there you go!

  • At 9/04/2007 12:39 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Goldie - Yams come in all different shapes and sizes. These yams originate from South America. But yes, they can be white and turnip-looking too :)


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