Sunday, July 19, 2009

Fried Green Bananas

We have a fantastic weekly market of fresh produce every Friday; the last 2 weeks, this has been one of the highlights. We can purchase so many fruits and vegetables at such a low price compared to Victoria, BC. 

The experience has also been an exercise in practicing our Spanish because everybody thinks that we understand them when they speak a million miles an hour. It is especially hard when they ramble off the numbers for the prices which are in the thousands (it is around 500 Costa Rican Colones to the US dollar).

We are still just starting to get the hang of identifying certain fruits and vegetables. For example, during the first trip to the market, we decided to buy what looked like unripe bananas. After waiting around a week for them to ripen, we decided it might be an idea to Google to figure out what we are supposed to do with them (Mélanie even tried to peel one before and eat it raw, quickly discovering that it was clearly not edible this way). Yes, we had purchased a bunch of plantains instead of bananas. Two weeks later, look at how green the plantains are compared to the bananas that we had purchased just the day before:

We did find a good recipe and Léah has been great at preparing them for the whole family.