Photoblog: Local Market Flavors in Nadi Town, Fiji

Posted on May 1, 2013 by

Piles of bright green chili, orange tomatoes, and psychedelic pink dragon fruit distract my eyes, while heaps of Indian spices make my nose tinkle.  The air is humid and hot, with the smell of the seawater floating in from time to time. In the labyrinth that makes up the Nadi central market, all sorts of local produce are on offer — from the quintessential kava roots to the earth brown taro (commonly grown in the Pacific islands). Vendors from the valley and mountains have come here to sell their ware, hoping to make a small fortune from the crops they had painstakingly cultivated. Buzzing in a subdued but slightly chaotic undercurrent, the Nadi market is splashed with bright colors and swept in a wave of energy.

We’re wandering around the central market in Nadi town, here to catch a glimpse of locals out and about. This is a world away from the fancy, self-contained resorts along the coast. This is where Fijians go for their groceries, meet their friends, and basically hang out. We had come with the hope of getting a chance to see a slightly different side of Fiji and interact with locals – and we did just that here in Nadi market.

To share with you what we found, here’s a collection of photos that Alberto shot – we hope they take you there with us.

Lady selling plantains

Warm and friendly vendors smile for the camera – this lady in particular is selling aubergine, spinach and carrots.

Coconuts, Fiji's biggest export

Heaps of coconut on offer – coconut is Fiji’s biggest export.

Bright green chili

Bright green chili- the Fijians like some of their food spicy!

All sorts of vegetables on sale

Fijian Indians selling an array of local vegetables including ladyfingers and pumpkin.

Indian spices

In a corner of the market, we find heaps of Fijian Indian spices on offer.

Kava

The very popular kava is found everywhere in the market. Kava is the root of the pepper plant and is usually consumed by pounding it and mixing with water to form a narcotic drink that has a numbing and relaxing effect.

Kava roots wrapped up as a gift

Kava is wrapped into a spiral coil and offered as a gift when visiting friends and family.

Tomatoes

Plates of long beans and bitter melon for sale.

Pumpkin

Big, fat pumpkins are a common sight in the market.

Pineapples

Rows of pineapples, oranges and dragon fruit on display.

Different shapes and sizes

Many of the produce here remind me of home – here are some ginger on sale.

Mussels on sale

Fresh from the sea, mussels piled in heaps.

Ginger

Sweet potato is another staple in the local cuisine.

Outside the market

Locals leaving the market as it starts to wind down.


Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Captain Cook Cruises, Air Pacific and Tourism Fiji, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

2 Responses to “Photoblog: Local Market Flavors in Nadi Town, Fiji”

  1. Visa USA May 8, 2013 8:53 pm #

    Some of the spices that you've mention here is new to me especially the Kava. I wonder if Fijians use that as a medicinal plants.

  2. Emm February 20, 2014 6:00 am #

    Bula
    You guys did a beautiful coverage of a piece of Fiji with the short simple introduction and the pictures. The pictures sure captured what any tourist will see when visiting Fiji besides sun,sea and fun. For any average person of Fiji – the relaxed atmosphere, the shopping bags, some ready to smile for the camera and others not, multicultural, the food, the clothing and the grog!
    Vinaka Nellie and Alberto!

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