Omonia

The greek word omonia means harmonious co-existence. Far from its namesake, Omonia Square in downtown Athens is a seething, noisy and congested place. Here’s some more vision from my visit to the central markets.

omonia fruits:

An array of winter fruits. Citrus, especially mandarins, are especially delicious this time of the year.

elies galore:

An olive and pickle merchant displays his wares. I still prefer Kalamata as my number one olive of choice.

purple broccoli:

Purple broccoli makes for an interesting change.

volvoi:

I had a hard time figuring out what these things were. Turns out they are called volvoi, and they’re the edible bulbs of the tassel hyacinth, muscari comosum. They are generally boiled then pickled. Ancient Greeks believed these to be aphrodisiacs. Right then, I think I’d better steer well clear of them.

beetroot:

These are beetroot stalks and leaves…but…where are the beetroots? Greek housewives prefer the top part of the plant.

aromatika:

A sign announcing a herbalist and purveyor of all things aromatic.

herbalist:

Bags and bags of dried herbs, spices and bits of plants. I could barely recognise much of the collection.

anywhere in the world:

This really could be anywhere. Fruit and vegetable markets are basically the same the world over, except Greek shoppers are not to be messed with.
Posted by Kurma on 18/1/07; 12:03:33 AM

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