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Wanderfood Wednesday: Mercado Central Quito

Posted on | September 14, 2010 | 4 Comments



This semi-carved roast pig greeted us as we entered the Mercado Central in Old Town Quito, Ecuador. I had to take a photo for my pig-roasting friends.


The market is organized into sections for produce, fruits, meat, fish, poultry, etc. This photo of a produce-seller’s stall gives you a feel for the abundance and variety of foods on offer. I couldn’t help but linger by the two stalls selling herbs. They were not as visually appealing as this one, but the co-mingling scents of the many herbs stacked high was an aromatic delight.


The humble spud had it’s own aisle in this market.


That last photo didn’t do justice to the variety of spuds on display so I had to take another photo so you could appreciate the detail 🙂

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4 Responses to “Wanderfood Wednesday: Mercado Central Quito”

  1. J. Is a Bird
    September 15th, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    I’m struck by how clean and neat everything is. Those look like hospital floors!

  2. Corinne @ Gourmantic
    September 15th, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    Snap back and well done on getting a photo of the pig! 🙂 I like the way they pile the vegetables in an almost geometrical pattern.

  3. Marina K. Villatoro
    September 16th, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    It looks a lot more organized than markets in Guatemala!

  4. Howard Smith
    October 9th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Barbara has been to Quito for a Photography school I have not been there. There seems to be two worlds in Ecuador. I would like to go back and see the Quito World. We went to some Mercado’s on the coast and there is a big diferance.

    Thank you Howard

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