Visiting a market in a foreign country is always a fascinating experience. While strolling around you learn so much about the local lifestyle and customs that no book, no museum and no tourist attraction can teach you. Peru's markets are no exception. Every city neighborhood has its own bigger or smaller fruit and veggie market, where you also find fresh meat, poultry and fish. And within or around the actual marketplace you additionally can buy all your groceries needed for preparing a delicious dish, have a simple lunch and get among many other things, for example household items. When entering a market hall in Peru the various colors, smells and tumult around you might overwhelm you. Vendors offer their products enthusiastically while customers argue about prices and freely taste before buying.
Stunning in Peru's markets is the great variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs from all over the country reflecting the rich biodiversity of the country. Most merchants are friendly and more than happy to explain the origin of for you unknown fruits or veggies and their preparation. In the last few years, Peruvians and expats living in the country got more conscious when buying food. To meet the growing demand for bio food, not only many shops selling organic produce but also so called 'Bioferias', organic food markets, opened their doors.