We stopped for breakfast at Mossman right next to these tiny local markets. Locals had set up tables with produce they had grown or made – a real version of a “farmers market”. Not the slick, over priced Sydney version. We bought a little bunch of purple beans, lovely fresh herbs and a big bag of vibrant orange fresh turmeric from one stall. At a flower stall we were curious about the round fruit on display. Purple star apple. See the picture below. The guy cut one up for us to taste – no charge. Tender coconuts for drinking and virgin coconut oil from another stall. Lychees, pineapple, red papaya, ox heart tomatoes, the reddest cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes, lettuce, corn…and we were good to go. The two young boys at the corn stall gave us a handful of baby corn still in their husks. Very cute.
We had a chat with a guy who is growing vanilla up here. The only vanilla being grown in Australia. Organic and processed naturally. Apparently their beans have the highest vanillin content in the world. They looked mighty tempting but I hesitated to buy them wondering how they would survive the journey. The guy said he would post them anywhere. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want some too.
As I write this in the car I realize that I did not take any photos of the produce to show you, only flowers. Not very good for a food blog is it?!