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Fruit vendor's stand at the outdoor market on Cheralai Street in the Mattancherry area of Kochi.
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Fruit vendor’s stand at the outdoor market on Cheralai Street in the Mattancherry area of Kochi.

Kochi’s Farmers’ Market

Maybe it’s because I like to cook, but I can’t resist a trip to an open-air market — and this one on Kochi’s Cheralai Street is no exception.

The ingredients were as fresh as, or perhaps fresher than, anything found in Europen or American supermarkets. In this case I was shooting, not shopping, and would be eating later A vegetable monger weighs cabbages at the Cherelai Street farmers market in Kochi/Cochin, Kerala, India.at the hotel, so I am speculating based on what I could see. Of course Kochi/Cochin also has indoor markets which are not so different from those in Europe and America. As with the other continents, however, the best ingredients are often found at the farmers’ markets.

Cheralai Street is in the old Mattancherry area of Kochi/Cochin on the peninsula, which many travelers find to be the most interesting part of town. It is not far from the Chinese fishing nets on the beach where Vembanad Lake opens into the Arabian Sea, the old Paradesi Synagogue and the surrounding “Jewtown,” the above-ground tombs of the old Dutch cemetery, the Sri Janardhana Hindu Temple, several very old Christian churches, and other attractions.

As elsewhere in India, cows roam freely in the Cheralai Street market area.

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