When we left Wisconsin, the Farmers’ Markets were just starting to take off. You could get greens, but most vegetables weren’t available yet. We were overwhelmed by the variety, abundance, and beauty of Kunming’s marketplace. Yunnan Province borders on Laos, Thailand and Myanmar to the west and south, and all kinds of fruits and vegetables are grown in that tropical region. Of course, right around Kunmingwe saw miles and miles of cultivated fields as well. All these contributed to the amazing spectacle we witnessed on market day….
….. mushrooms are a Yunnan Specialty Product, and we saw all kinds of mushrooms and other fungi, many of which were totally new to us.
I had heard of mangosteens, but never seen them before. They have a sweet, delicate flavor unlike anything I have ever tasted.
Of course, there were vendors selling food in different phases of production. Some foods were “ingredients” for meals…..like a zillion varieties of tofu….
…. and all kinds of fresh noodles…..
I never found out what fresh corn paste, or fresh bean paste, could be used to make. But here it is produced/ground right before your eyes!
I know I said, “finally,” but there is more, and I’m including the “more” because it was there and impossible to ignore. Meat is a fact of life for just about everyone there. We did meet some vegetarians, but as you can see below, they are few and far between.
No comment on this last one…..