Carmel and Gus are my greengrocers. They are my fruttivendoli (plural as there are two of them). Frutti+ vendelo= fruit+ seller = fruttivendolo. Below are the grapes I bought from them.
I have been shopping at their stall in The Queen Victoria Market throughout the thirteen years that I have been residing in Melbourne. Before that I lived close to the Adelaide Market.
As you can see in the photos the range and quality of the vegetables and fruit is vast and I am able to purchase some produce that is not available anywhere else in the market. I love Fichi d’India (prickly pears).
My Fruttivendolo is open on Thursday to Saturday.
Here are some of the dishes I have prepared with their produce:
Fichi d’india (prickly pears in a salad with pumpkin, purslane, labneh and black tahini).
Fig tart. I cannot resist figs. A layer of short sweet pastry, mascarpone and fresh figs with a drizzle of orange and dates whipped together with a little Cointreau .
Salad of watercress, black grapes, beetroot etc.
Prickly pears have prickles and need to be handled carefully. For how to peel prickly pears, see:
Prickly Pears Fichi D’india and A Paste Called Mostarda
Mascarpone and Its Many Uses. How to Make It at Home
WATERMELON, LABNEH and DUKKAH salad
One thought on “IL MIO FRUTTIVENDOLO, my fruit and vegetable stall at The Queen Victoria Market”
How much fun to go shopping at your market!! I bet your inspirations are countless walking through there! My hubby gets a little impatient because I want to buy everything and we don’t have a place to put it. Tonight I’m fixing a Fennel Orange Salad — I’ve been craving citrus lately. The fig tart looks marvelous as well as your watercress salad. I’m saving the recipes to see if I can find the ingredients here.