On day 20 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored exotic Belizean fruits while visiting a local fruit stand.
No matter where I travel, I’m always drawn to farmers’ markets. Somehow it makes me feel more connected to the place I’m visiting, and it’s always interesting to see the different varieties of fruits and vegetables that are grown throughout the world.
With the exception of the few locals who have small garden plots in their backyards, there are no major growers on Ambergris Caye itself — everything is imported from the mainland or from neighboring countries. Unlike the US, where there are many redundancies within the agricultural community, Belize farmers are very specialized. There is a “guy” who grows tomatoes, a “guy” who raises chickens, a “guy” whose specialty is pineapples, and so on. (And I’m using guy as a gender-neutral term here.) Of course, this doesn’t bode well for buyers when there’s a bad crop year, but at least they know exactly where their food is coming from. Most fruit stands we visited were stocked with star fruit, papayas, oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, peanuts, plantains, and many other vegetables.
It can be difficult to eat well when traveling, but farm stands are a great way to explore healthy, local foods.