23 June 2010

Shopping at the local greengrocers

There is an excellent greengrocer, fishmonger, butcher and a shop which sells poultry products all within walking distance from our house, which is very convenient.  The quality of the produce is so good and fresh.  I have taken a couple of photographs so that you can see for yourself. 

Figure 1:  Fresh spinach.

Figure 2:  Fresh apricots.

Figure 3:  Honey dew melons.

Figure 4:  Borlotti beans.

Figure 5:  Grapes.

Figure 6:  Watermelons.

Most Tunisians tend to go shopping for food daily instead of buying items in bulk.  In this way the fresh produce is bought and cooked on the same day without the need for extended storage in the refrigerator.  The vital vitamins found in fresh fruit and vegetables tend to diminish rapidly when stored in the refrigerator.  Which means if items are left in the refrigerator for too long then by the time they are cooked and eaten only a very small fraction of their nutritional value is left to be absorbed by our bodies.  Bearing this in mind, we also shop for food daily.  Luckily, the greengrocer, fishmonger, butcher and the shop which sells poultry products are all open seven days a week and get fresh supplies in every day except Monday.
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