Journey through the stalls of the Arequipa market, mix of exotic and traditional

Journey through the stalls of the Arequipa market, mix of exotic and traditional

It is the second most populous city in Peru, after the capital Lima. Arequipa - whose historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO - is also an important center for trade and is located in a territory, the Chili valley, where agriculture is flourishing.

The water potential of the river makes an important contribution also in the fruit and vegetable field. The Arequipa department, for example, is the most important in Peru - which in the edition just ended was the partner country of Macfrut - for onion production, but the area is also very suitable for avocado and table grapes.

The Mercado Central in Arequipa has a section dedicated to fruit and vegetables. Walking through the stalls is an explosion of colors: fresh fruit, vegetables, potatoes and dried fruit make up a colorful mosaic.

A little price. Italy grapes are sold at a retail price of 0.93 euros per kilo, the same price as Royal apples, while Delicious ones cost just over one euro. Papaya, on the other hand, varies between 0.66 and 0.79 euros per kilo. Half a kilo of quinoa can be bought for 4 sol, just over one euro.

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