Wherever I travel in the World I try to discover and visit the local fresh produce market. This one in Funchal, Madeira is one of my favourite. Ripe fruit of every variety you could imagine are freshly picked and displayed at the 'Mercado dos Lavradores' in the town centre.
You have to be careful that you know how much you are going to pay, the prices are not always displayed and some stallholders are quick to take advantage of tourists.
I was interested to see these local squash for sale in the market. This variety seems to have a waxy or yeasty bloom on the surface and they are to be seen drying on rooftops all over the Island.
These lovely peppers make for a fantastic display in the market.
Sugar cane is also an interesting ingredient for sale here. More to follow!