Visit to the Lima Wholesale Fruit Market

by Keith Agoada

One of my favorite activities whenever I visit a new city in Latin America (or anywhere in the world near the equator) is to visit the wholesale fruit market.

Visiting a wholesale fruit market in Latin America is always an adventure. These markets tend to be complete chaos with a mix of random pickup trucks and other vehicles blocking traffic, rotting produce thrown into random piles, fruit vendors calling for your attention, and street vendors of ethnic cuisine which certainly wouldn't pass the food safety requirements in the United States.

The Lima fruit market was certainly a unique experience. While it did have the stereotypical scene as described above, inside the market was very impressive. The fruit and vegetable stands were very clean, well organized, and properly managed. I didn't see rotting fruit, the vendors were chill and respectful, and the agriculture products were properly packed in export grade boxes and packaging. The quality and diversity of the fruit was off the charts. I'd even say that it was the most impressive wholesale fruit market that I have ever visited in Latin America.

My favorite find was definitely fresh Lucuma. As a US consumer I've only tried Lucuma in a powdered form. To find several varieties of Lucuma fresh was a real treat. The fresh fruit tasted almost like a lightly sweet custardy sweet potato meets hard boiled egg. It was energizing, nutritious and filling. Other interesting crops I encountered were:

  • Bananas

  • Plantains

  • Mamey

  • Salak (snake fruit)

  • Citrus

  • Pineapple

  • Avocados (or palta as referred to in Peru)

  • Cheramoya

  • Goldenberries (or cape gooseberry)

  • Cacao

  • Mango

  • Cashew Fruit

  • Grapes

There were also fruits imported from Chile at the market. I came across pears, apples, and peaches. However, the vast majority of the products I found were sourced from Peru.

Overall, I give the Lima Wholesale Fruit Market a 10/10. For fruit lovers and agricultural traders it is a must visit if you are ever in Lima, Peru.

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