Friday, May 31, 2013

mushrooms in the market

While posting the photos of those tasty morels the other day, I got to thinking about the different mushrooms I've seen in my travels. This photo is from a market in the southern China town of Jinghong in Xishuangbanna. I love how serious this guy looks while choosing his mushrooms, and how happy the seller seems to be. I also (not so) secretly wish I had a cute little chair like hers. 

This was a great market to explore with everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to shoes and housewares. I remember sampling some fruit that to this day I have no idea the name of. 

These lovely specimens are from a market in the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. It's hard to tell from this picture, but some of these gorgeous mushrooms had caps that were as large as my fist.

Now I'm ready to go foraging... or traveling!

p.s. In writing this post I was remembering an interesting Italian man, Giorgio, we met while wandering the market in Jinghong that day. He had traveled the world by Vespa and was living there along the Mekong River. We struck up a fast friendship and he invited us over to his house for a traditional Italian lunch of spaghetti. Sadly, he died later that same year. Click on his name if you're curious to learn more of his adventurous life. RIP, Giorgio, and may you inspire us all.

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