On my last visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, I went shopping to 8 KM Bazaar – the largest produce market in the city. This time I chose to explore much smaller market called Green (Yashil) Bazaar, which is located not very far from the center of the city.
I did the same thing I did last year – walked up and down the isles and took a lot of pictures. The vendors were as friendly as last time, smiling, cracking jokes, and happily posing for pictures.
I love this time of the year! So many delicious fruit are in season, like these beautiful cherries.
Grown in the regions of Azerbaijan, these apricots and green sour plums are juicy and delicious.
I wish I had enough time in Baku to make white mulberry syrup (mulberries are to the right from the basket of eggs), but unfortunately I didn’t, so I bought a jar from a grocery store.
Black mulberries. If you ever tried them, you know how good they are. As a child, I would hang out on a black mulberry tree with my sister and our neighboring kids, and then come home with my face, hands, and cloths all colored red from the mulberry juice.
Small, large, and on the vine, tomatoes were all over the place – Azerbaijani people like incorporating tomatoes in their recipes. With their bright colors they were hard to miss.
These cucumbers taste great in salads and are the perfect size for pickling.
Aren’t these eggplants and peppers beautiful? I especially like the peppers because they are so aromatic, and they remind me about stuffed peppers I grew up eating every summer.
Exotic melons smelled so good.
I love garlic, but I love fresh garlic even more. Why? Compared to the mature garlic, the fresh garlic is less pungent and more palatable.
It is perfect time to make dolma because young grape leaves are in season.
Azerbaijani people love their greens; the greens are usually served as a side on a separate plate.
My favorite type of basil is purple basil.
An eggplant got bored and decided to join peppers.
These broad beans are one of the main ingredients in Bean Pilaf – one of many varieties of Azerbaijani pilafs.
Lobya is another type of bean from the region. (Recipe is coming soon.)
More in Part 2