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Looking at this colourful exhibition of fruit in the Funchal’s Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers’ Market), you may start to imagine how great they may taste. Indeed, when we entered the market, we were straight away surrounded by people who offered us variety of exotic fruit to taste. The various species of passion fruit were a hit but there were plenty of fruit species which I have seen for the first time in my life. Everything can grow on Madeira. My wife and daughter tasted some fruit and decided to buy some for the hotel. We just picked four fruits for which we paid… 32€. That was quite a surprise to me. I didn’t even bother to ask for the price before because I didn’t expect to pay 8€ per fruit. Slightly disgusted we went to the second floor of the market where we found more stands. Interestingly, the prices were much more reasonable there. We had a chat with the fruit stand owners, they told us that the ground floor stands have fruit imported from South America, indeed I could see in my photo that the label mentioned that the mango comes from Brazil. I was naïve to assume the fruit are local. Also, the fruit which we got to taste were actually supplemented with sugar to improve their taste. The real fruit were less sweet. We had a real demonstration by the real farmers with the local Madeira products in the first floor, sadly we didn’t buy fruit from them anymore. At least we bought there some local dried chili peppers.
80% of population on Madeira relies on tourism. We were happy to spend money there. But after this experience I became much more careful.

I found an interesting guide to the fruit of Madeira:
https://blog.madeira.best/25-fruits-of-madeira-island
The long green one at the back left for example is called delicious fruit or ananas-banana (Monstera deliciosa).

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