A lot can be learned about a culture when wandering a local market where few tourists tread. The food, dress and even how a culture celebrates can be revealed. Xochimilco, located in the far south of Mexico City and famous for its canals, has a sprawling market.
The Aztecs farmed here and it comes as no surprise that the produce is made even more exceptional in the way it is displayed.
An entire section of the market is dedicated to dining, with a variety of cuisine simmering.
In the butcher’s section a pig’s head looked as though it could have been equally at home in a biology class.
Large bags of many varieties of chilies were abundant.
There were plenty of stalls selling Chicharones, crispy fried pork skin and a popular snack in Mexico.
Stacks of handmade pottery for which Mexico is well known were available to set many a household’s table.
There always seems to be a section in every big market I’ve been to in Mexico selling an array of colorful piñatas.
There are certain countries in which markets are particularly outstanding. Mexico is one of them. India and Morocco also come to mind.
What are your favorite “market” countries?