Ancud market

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Ancud market - Produce stall, Ancud market
Ancud market - Pisco botles with hats!
Ancud market - Gunnera
Ancud market - Produce stall, Ancud market
Ancud market - Fish-seller, Ancud market

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Ancud market Nov 04, 2016
Ancud is the former capital of Chiloé, having held that position from 1768 to 1982, when the capital was moved to Castro because of its more central position on the island – something that the inhabitants of Ancud still resent, according to Jorge. Many of its historical buildings were lost to an earthquake in 1960 but there are still some interesting sights to explore, of which we visited two.

First on the list was a stroll through Ancud’s market, the Feria Municipal on the main street, Arturo Prat. This is an enclosed market with two floors of stalls, most selling produce of various kinds – very much a locals’ market, not a tourist one (although if you’re shopping for pisco we saw a large selection at more reasonable prices than most shops we’d been in). Jorge pointed out some of the produce particularly typical of this part of Chile, including various seaweeds and the odd-looking vegetable in one of my photos, gunnera, commonly known as Chilean- or Giant-rhubarb. Locals eat the tender young stalks and leaves of the plant, which are called 'nalcas' in Spanish, and use larger leaves in preparing the local dish of curanto, in which seafood, meat and vegetables are layered in a deep hole in the ground, at the base of which are placed hot stones, creating a sort of natural “pressure cooker”. On some stalls, we saw an assortment of unusually coloured potatoes; Chiloé is said to have over 400 varieties and to have been the original genetic source of the humble potato – a claim unsurprisingly disputed by Peru.

At one end of the market hall are the fish and seafood stalls, largely emptied of fish by the time we visited (early afternoon) but still with a good selection of shellfish, mainly clams and mussels – both staple ingredients in curanto.

I enjoy taking photos in markets as there is always plenty of local colour, and no one here seemed to be bothered by my camera, so any keen photographer is likely to find this worth a visit.
Produce stall, Ancud market
Produce stall, Ancud market
Gunnera
Fish-seller, Ancud market
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