Some of the small batch of heirloom tomatoes that persevered through the recent floods in Cagayan de Oro/Bukidnon. I was so excited to spot them (I have been harking for years why no one seems to be able to grow these locally) that I bought a pack DESPITE their having been obviously previously refrigerated. Bummer. DO NOT EVER refrigerate your tomatoes… they turn mealy, as these did. But kudos to Down to Earth for bringing them to market, I will be a regular buyer if these are available and unrefrigerated. :)
Freshly peeled patani, FTI market.
Gorgeous cherry tomatoes, actually from S&R, and not a market.
Small or juvenile native white onions. These probably started out as classic white or spanish onions, but over the years, have evolved into a native version that yields a more opaque, sweet and texturally distinct onion. I think they are the classic pair for a proper bistek tagalog, but they are nice in stews and other dishes as well. They aren’t always available, having been overrun by cheaper Chinese imports, but I buy this local variety whenever I can. FTI market.
Veggies were definitely on a roll this past weekend… even the zucchini were gorgeous! Normally sold 4-6x this size, it was always hard to convince folks transporting zucchinis from the Mt. Province to bring the small ones. But over the weekend, I found several zucchinis that were just 7-8 inches in length, and just a little thicker than my thumb. Yum. FTI market.
Young leaves of a sampalok or tamarind tree. FTI market.
Guyabano leaves, boil them into a soothing tea, the vendor suggested. FTI market.
Two varieties of kamote or sweet potato. FTI market.
A very fresh but utterly bitter bunch of ampalaya (bitter gourd) tendrils. FTI Market.
Finally, baby or immature garlic. A personal favorite. I am always pleased to see this in the markets. I like putting them in classic dishes like adobo, where they perfume the dish, but don’t overwhelm. FTI Market.
Now I need to get cooking. :)