Posted by: viewfromtheriva | August 11, 2013

Split’s Green Market, the time is ripe for summer fruits and berries!


spectacular, plump blackberries are part of every August in Split's Green Market

spectacular, plump blackberries are part of every August in Split’s Green Market

One of the reasons we visit Split’s marvelous open air Green Market almost every day is because the choice of fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, bread and more is always terrific and always changing.

Although Split is on the coast and there’s not a lot of growing room here, the sheer array of fresh produce and fruit is astonishing—peaches and nectarines from  nearby Podstrana; organic herbs and veggies from hillside piots on Meje; corn and applies from Trilj, 40 km inland and so much more.

We’ve been waiting for kupina…fat, gorgeous blackberries to make their annual summer appearance, and this year they are yummy!  A bit pricey still, but in a few weeks, like other perishable fruit, the price will plummet.  Today, for example, we bought grapes for less than $1 a kilo and really sweet peaches for $1.50.

local grapes and nectarines are just the top of the juicy treasures waiting at the Green Market

local grapes and nectarines are just a few of the juicy treasures waiting at the Green Market

Now that we have lived here for several years, we have enough friends and places to go that we can practically time our visit to take advantage of the best of the best….from Vlado’s organic herbs (his purple basil is to die for) to Neda’s peka bread, it’s a constant feast!

But in a few weeks we will have a real treat:  the first harvest of authentic Iowa corn grown right here!  How is this possible?  With a kilo of seed given to Natasha as a gift from her trip to Iowa…..when the crop is ready, we’ll do a blog, don’t worry!

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