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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (Fruit)

When it comes to Fresh, the tropics do  well with Fruit. Forget the flavours of fruits back home in the West. Here the fruits taste so much better, probably because the time between tree and plate is so much less. The markets here  are full of fresh fruits.  In some restaurants you can buy big plates full of fresh fruit which is look appetising and taste delicious.

Both here in Tanzania and on my visit to South East Asia – fresh fruit was in abundance.

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Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is the source of much of the fruit in Vietnam. We were treated to a selection on a visit to the Delta in 2013. Other pictures from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Pleiku

 

 

Seasonal Fruits

While the UK has moved from late Summer, through Autumn to Winter and soon to be Spring, here in Tanzania the temperatures have remained fairly constant. The weather has not really changed from month to month with one exception,  the Rains. You might think that’s a pretty big change and in some ways it is, but for the fact that when the Rains have come they haven’t come every day they rarely last too long. Inevitably the hot sunshine has returned even on the wettest day. As featured in an earlier post – some trees exhibit all four seasons at one time.

The real measure of change has been the changing fruits (and veg) available.

When we arrived in August, it was Passion Fruit, as we moved into September, there were more pineapples around, by October it was Mangoes and Avocados whilst Passion Fruit were phasing out. Nearer Christmas we started seeing more Oranges. Pineapples were still very much in abundance and along  with bananas both continue to be commonly available.

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Pineapples being transported to market

 

In early March we have come to the long awaited tangerine season. These are probably my favourite fruits. Passion fruit are also on the return. Here these are yellow-skinned rather than the purple-skinned we ate in Britain, then again Oranges and lemons are green-skinned here even when ripe. Mangoes are now becoming less abundant now and we have started to see Pears on sale.  Apples are imported from South Africa, but are expensive here.

The seasonality of fruit and veg here is reminiscent of my early childhood in the ’70s when food was home grown in the UK rather than imported and so much more restricted in availability.

Malaŵi Memories and Tanzania Thoughts

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Contemplating the move to Tanzania, makes me think back to life in Malaŵi and I wonder how similar/different it will be in Mwanza?  Here are a few thoughts I’ve had.

Atmospheric Action
I don’t think I’d really appreciated lightning and thunder before I experienced an African storm – the whole sky lit up by many strokes of lightning – truly amazing.

Bawo Beans
I love playing games and spent many a time, playing the traditional game of Bawo, on my veranda with the children.  It’s simple to learn but requires some strategy and some luck to win.    Wonder if the Tanzanians have an equivalent bean-game?  If so, I cant wait to learn it!!

Colourful Clothing
I’m often frustrated when buying clothes, because I just can’t find clothes that fit!  So many times I have gone into a shop only to find items in sizes 8 or 22!!  I’m looking forward to giving my material and measurements to a tailor and having clothes made to measure – a luxury in the UK and the norm in Malawi – wonder if it will be the same in Tanzania?

Fresh Fruit – (Mangoes & Passion Fruit)
I remember a man coming round to my house with a bucket full of passion fruit hoping to sell them to me for the equivalent of 50p.  I bought the lot, delicious :-).  The next day, he returned with another bucket and I bought them.  The following day, you’ve guessed it, he called with yet another bucket full of passion fruit!  Now, much as I love eating them, there’s only so many a girl can eat so reluctantly I had to decline the offer!!

Outside my house, was a mango tree.  The children were always happy to climb it to pick some of this delicious fruit, in exchange for the chance to do some colouring on my veranda.  Apart from one day when they were unusually reluctant – they explained there was a green mamba (highly poisonous snake) in the tree and could they wait ‘til it had gone?!!!

Laid-Back Lifestyle
My life so often seems such a constant rush from one thing to another and there just never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that I need to do, let alone those I want to do. People and friendships are so important and yet spending quality time with people is so often squeezed out with the rush and pressure of life.  My experience of living in an African village was of stark contrast to this – it was considered rude to walk past someone without saying hello and greeting them, and people had time for each other.  Yes, things took longer to do and at times this was frustrating, but overall it made for a far better quality of life. 

 We’re moving to an urban setting in Africa and although it’s not the same country and many years have passed, I understand the pace of life is still considerably slower than here and I’m looking forward to returning to a more laid-back lifestyle.

Serengeti Safaris
I’ve watched countless nature programmes on the TV and I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of this wildlife for real in the Serengeti, which apparently is situated around about 3 hours’ drive from Mwanza. 

Speaking Swahili
In Malaŵi, I learned to speak Chicheŵa, a Bantu language and it made a real difference.  So, I’m determined to learn as much Kiswahili as I can over the next few months so when I arrive I’ll be able to speak the language a little and really get to know people.

Stunning Sunsets
One of the treasured memories I have from my time in Malawi was looking across the plain from the veranda of my house seeing the numerous beautiful sunsets. Apparently the sunsets over Lake Victoria are amazing.

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