02 Dec2012

Found these wonderful baby yellow zucchinis at the Salcedo market yesterday. They are exactly the kind of produce I wish were available more often. Perfect for a light vegetable pasta dish, great in a chi-chi ratatouille side dish to a plated protein, or something to garnish a long-cooked stew. They were PHP100 for a small pack, the photo has roughly two packs worth. They were just about the size of my middle finger — young and slender.

And so organic, they had a couple of frisky young worms on them. I NEVER knew that little wormies like this one could fling themselves a good 6 inches or maybe 20x their body length! I saw it with my own eyes! They kind of tense up, slightly curl and hurl through the air. I am not sure if they were trying to get back to the zucchini, or away from them. I am 6 feet tall, imagine if I could leap 120 feet in one go?! Cool. :)

They were from Down to Earth. Also got a kilo of dayaps at Joey Malana’s large vegetable stand.



  1. CarlosEnrique says:

    hey there MM! its my first time to comment and i find your site quite a learning experience :) im 15 years old and i find you quite and inspiration :)
    oh and i love your photos btw :)

    Dec 2, 2012 | 7:39 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Thanks, Carlos and welcome to the site. There are over 3,300+ posts in the archives (I have been slow lately) so feel free to browse backwards to more “meat” in older posts…

    Dec 2, 2012 | 7:58 pm

  4. CarlosEnrique says:

    Thaaaanks I feel very welcome already na po :) yeap i saw some older posts po, I was reading them the whole long weekend :) oh and boy did it made me crave :((((( =)))

    Dec 2, 2012 | 8:06 pm

  5. manny says:


    Glad you’re back. I kinda felt some withdrawal symptoms when you were gone. ;)

    Dec 2, 2012 | 8:29 pm

  6. Natie says:

    Love zucchini. A great diet food when practicing portion control. It can take on any flavors you add to it.

    A young reader! Welcome to the fold!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:21 pm

  7. CarlosEnrique says:

    Hey there Natie :) yep, I guess im a lil bit foodie at heart :) been reading here sometime already, just now I commented :) nice to meet you btw :) :D and other readers too :)

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:36 pm

  8. kristin says:

    Yey! welcome back marketman!…more chronicles from the short US holiday is now being awaited :) ….welcome to marketman’s world CarlosEnrique! ….

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:51 am

  9. Mart says:

    Welcome back MM!
    Nice pics of the yellow squash.
    If worms and other critters are on/in the produce it usually means it is good produce (i.e. pesticide free and likely GMO free).

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:50 am

  10. alexishyne says:

    life is back to normal, reading new mm posts…

    Dec 3, 2012 | 10:51 am

  11. PITS, MANILA says:

    dayap … i think our dayap tree at the back of the house just died. it has been drying up for the past 3 days … fruit and leaves drying up and falling …

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:36 am

  12. Jun B says:

    Nice capture, MM – nice bokeh on this image :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:10 pm

  13. Lee says:

    Welcome CarlosEnrique :) Have fun!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:35 pm

  14. chichay says:

    oh, i’ve been wanting to buy those dayap and stock it for the holiday season so i can make a delicious leche flan..

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:53 pm

  15. CarlosEnrique says:

    Hi there :3 thanks for making me feel welcome po :) :D you’re all so nice :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:26 pm

  16. EbbaBlue says:

    Hey Lee, no “funny” jokes for CarlosEnrique?..Welcome back MM, those suchinnis and squash looks so good…I love them raw, dipped in Ranch Style dressing.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 10:26 pm

  17. bearhug0127 says:

    Enjoying your new posts MM. Welcome back.

    And oh, Carlos Enrique, welcome into the clan and enjoy your stay!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 5:47 am

  18. terrey says:

    i wonder what those silver/red balls in pic 1 look like, decorations?

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:04 pm

  19. Marketman says:

    terrey, they are christmas ball garlands, first used here, that are recycled every year. They are on their 6th year now, so totally “sulit” or great value for the cost… they are cheap but VERY sturdy plastic balls tied together with fishing line…

    Dec 4, 2012 | 4:51 pm


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