Fruit and Veg at the Borough Market
So here I am moving majestically and effortlessly feasting my eyes on fruit and veg at the Borough market, London. I am so filled with such intoxicating beauty that I begin to fantasize that indeed my name is Adam. This was not Borough market after all, but my beloved home – Eden.
I am sure I heard a loud and booming voice say:
“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
I was in bliss. Who wouldn’t be?
This was all going wonderfully well until I heard another, this time unmistakably human and very cockney voice say:
“2 paand a bowl summer strawberries”
At that point I looked around gutted and realised that as incredibly beautiful as the fruit and veg looked, I still had to fork out a couple of Paands, sorry Pounds to partake. Wicked serpent!
Borough market, is the mother of all fruit and vegetable markets in London. The market sprung up in the 12th century close to the London bridge, which then was the main entry point into London. It is the oldest fruit and veg market in London. It is interesting to note that England, the land of Anglo saxons, was almost entirely made up of vegetarians. Meat or more specifically as it was then, game meat was available, but only to the wealthy few who owned the lands. On their lands they could kill wild boar and deer. With the exception of pigs no other animal was reared. Fruit and veg, therefore became by default the food of the masses. Vegetables such as carrots, parsnip, cabbages, peas, beans and onions and fruits such as apples, cherries and plums were most common. Now of course, with the advent of better and speedy forms of transporting perishable produce and the introduction of fruits and vegetables from the new world, Borough market has become more than a large market for just English or even European produce.
Now alongside the mushroom stalls were more exotic and colourful fruit and veg at the Borough market. Mangoes, passion fruits, kiwi fruits, galangal, turmeric and artichokes all made their presence felt as they swooned like peacocks on their counters. If you wait around till an hour or so before closing time, as I did, then you could pick up fruits and vegetables at bargain prices as the vendors pack up to go home.