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Packing Boxes at the Bali Market

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

The Indonesian island of Bali is known around the world for many things, not the least of which is her native foods. Tourists flock to Bali by the millions because of her wonderful weather, her beaches, and her amazing cultural heritage. After a few days in Bali, many find themselves pleasantly surprised by the cuisine.

A casual stroll through any of the island’s hundreds of street markets is a feast for the eyes and nose. One of the more striking aromas one might encounter is a roasting pig. These animals are gutted, stuffed with vegetables and spices then slow roasted on a wooded stake four hours on end. For a meat lover this is heaven. But wait, there’s more.

Local growers line the market with packing boxes filled with all kinds of native fruits and vegetables. One might encounter a display of Rambutan, so named because it resembles a “hairy fruit.” These small fruits, about the size of large grapes, grow in bunches on trees. Inside is a sweet flesh that’s revealed after easily removing the skin. Sound good? How about the baskets of mango and jackfuit flanking either side?

Jackfruit is an extremely heavy and dense fruit that can be cooked or eaten fresh. Its unusual texture and visual appearance make it look very similar to a piece of meat once it’s been cooked. For that reason, vegetarians use it as a cooking substitute when serving guest who are not vegetarians. The flesh of the jackfruit tastes like a tart banana when raw, but cooking will alter it depending on method and added spices.

There are so many varieties of fruits and vegetables in Bali, you owe it to yourself to visit this wonderful island and check out all the packing boxes at the market.