|At Robert is Here tropical fruit stand in Homestead, FL by papayas and mamey|
Brian here with a fun photo post to take a break from Uzbek self-study lessons. So far I have posted lesson 1, 2, and 3, and will be continuing with the next ones tomorrow. I'm making a lot of progress with introductory Uzbek material and am really enjoying it, very excited for Arizona!
One of my greatest interests is healthy living as I blog about at my main website Brian on Health and will talk more about here at this site too. I have been involved with vegetarian, vegan, raw food, and other natural health movements for over 7 years now and have come to adapt many parts of these eating styles into my life.
I basically identify my diet these days as fruitarian. In other words, I eat fruit — as fresh, ripe, and sweet as possible — and a LOT of it. While I do eat other natural foods too, as far as most people are concerned, I am a fruitarian. (You can learn more about my food ideas here or email me here, many questions are beyond the scope of this post.)
A fruit-based diet is one of my passions and is something that many people who know me remember me for. Learning to purchase, manage, ripen, and eat fruit has been an incredible journey. I've faced some challenges in the past but have amassed quite a few tips and tricks along the way at this point and it's a very enjoyable way to eat for me.
As a fruit lover and connoisseur (they call us "Fruit Hunters"), my main interest when it comes to traveling and cuisine hence is to learn about the kinds and quality of fruit that is grown at my destination. I love to visit markets, try new varieties, find familiar favorites, bargain with vendors, take pictures, make videos, and even post goofy photo blogs like this one, all about my obsession with fruit.
|At a durian stall in Chinatown, NYC in the winter (holding box of persimmons, yum!)|
Uzbekistan is a beautiful and generally warm country that has a climate well suited for growing many delicious fruits. Its cuisine and agriculture is particularly reminiscent of that of Mediterranean countries like Turkey or Greece, with a little bit of Middle East and Asian influence as well.
Though I have not yet visited there myself, from what I have seen online, Uzbekistan looks like a great place for fruit eaters with an abundance of very high-quality ripe tree fruits, melons, grapes, figs, stonefruit, and so on available in markets anywhere for good prices. This post is dedicated to sharing some of the images of Uzbek fruit culture I have found thus far. Please enjoy!
Tip: Click on a photo to browse the collection as a set in theater mode.
|Fresh tree fruit grown on fertile Uzbek land|
|Abundance of fruit for sale at Samarkand market|
|Rich Uzbek fruit crop on display|
|Bargaining for apples and grapes at market|
|Beautiful image of ripe tree fruit in Samarkand|
|Shiny lemons and apples and oranges for sale|
|Buying fruit at a roadside market in Uzbekistan|
|Delicious grapes, apples, and more|
|Dried apricots and prunes from Uzbekistan|
|Bustling fruit market in Urgut|
|Gourmet melons hanging in Khiva|
|Impeccably carved Uzbek melons|
|Inside juicy Uzbek pomegranates|
|Local vendors selling fruit in Tashkent|
|Man proudly displays melon crop|
|May strawberry harvest in Uzbekistan|
|Melon seller at fruit market in Samarkand|
|More juicy melons at market scene in Samarkand|
|Pomegranates in lovely Uzbek-style box|
|Fresh quince harvest in Uzbekistan|
|Red pepper vendor at Uzbek market|
|Rich harvest of gourds and squash also|
|Selling fresh cherries at market|
|USAID Uzbekistan fruit sampling event|
|Delicious fruit selections at market|
|Uzbek tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and squash|
|Uzbek women smiling at peach and grape stall|
|Woman selecting fruit at Urgut bazaar|
Beautiful, aren't they? I will post more about my lifestyle here soon at Uzbek Brian, especially as my summer program begins and I get everything set up with sourcing food while I'm in Tempe (I'm currently seeking out good wholesalers who can deliver cases).
Keep in touch, and eat fruit!
Keep in touch, and eat fruit!
Thank you to the following resources for information:
- Uzbek fruit pictures Oriental Express Central Asia
- Uzbek fruit harvest flourishing at Uzbek Daily
- Uzbekistan among top fruit suppliers to Russia at Fruit Inform
- Sultonfrukt fruit farmers and exporters in Uzbekistan
- Information on Uzbek National Cuisine, including fruit
- Uzbekistan traditional food site, including fruit
- Sunny Fruit company: Uzbekistan dried fruit products
- Information on Uzbek agriculture from Country Studies
- Interview with Uzbek farmers with USAID Ag Links Project
Be sure to drop me a comment if you have any photos or stories to add.Brian