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Himalayan Cornucopia

August 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments (2)

 

The Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, is a cornucopia of fresh, organic produce:

 

 

 

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chilies (an essential ingredient in Bhutanese cuisine), dried P1040003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and fresh;P1040004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sichuan pepperP1040061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sheaves of asparagus

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celery,

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bok choy, spring onions; fiddlehead ferns,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bamboo shoots,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plump banana flowers,P1040056

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and ‘fireball’ chilies, red and green . P1040055

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the mushrooms are the real surprise:

 

 

a profusion of chanterelles, P1040051

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and huge matsutakes, P1040052

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that grow P1040019wild in the forests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The market is so clean P1040050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The fruit section is a riot of colour P1040027

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P1040024and of laughter too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A stall nearby offers another Bhutanese staple, cured meats

 

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and racks of black pudding.P1040041

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also on display are strings of dried yak cheese, a popular snack also known as ‘Bhutanese popcorn’. Nonno Tsesham tells us that one piece will get him through a three-hour film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh cheese and butter

 

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are two other essential commodities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the local honey, collected from buckwheat meadows, is highly prized. P1040063

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having filled a shopping bag, we carried it to the restaurant of the Folk Heritage Museum in Thimpu,

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and were soon feasting on sauteed matsutakes

 

 

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P1040086chanterelles in chile-cheese sauce,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stir-fried fiddlehead ferns,

 

 

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P1040094and fried cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A delicious meal, magically conjured up and served by the restaurant’s friendly staff. P1040096

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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