Street Market, Athens

A street market in the capital city of Greece makes a lively test of your powers of observation. This is no tourist gift-shopping opportunity, but rather where the locals buy their fruit and veg. Most things that are produced anywhere in the world will grow in Greece – even bananas are able to be grown in the south of the country, and melons, avocados and citrus fruit like clementines and lemons grow well. Kiwi fruit (otherwise called ‘Chinese gooseberry’) grow in Greece as they do in Italy. Contrary to popular belief this fruit, which is extremely high in Vitamin C, did not originate in New Zealand but in north-central and eastern China; however it was first planted commercially in NZ and became popular with US servicemen stationed there in the Second World War. Now virtually the whole New Zealand crop is exported and Italian imports of the fruit supply the domestic market!