Winter Pickings: What’s Good at the Green Market?

Daniela Rogulj

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The winter season, while wonderful for bundling up with a hot cup tea, is not the ideal time for produce. Shopping locally at the Green Market (also known as Pazar) is one of Split’s treats, but it’s always good to know what’s fresh, what’s in season, and what is being imported. Here are the best bits of the Green Market this week.

Fruits: When we think of the Green Market we usually firstly think of the wide array of fruits, sweet and sticky with bees buzzing around each display in full throughout the summer. While we can’t say the same for the winter, there are still some good fruit finds you can take home with you from the market. Look out for kiwis, oranges, tangerines, apples, and pears. It’s the end of the pomegranate season so try to snag the last few, and any tomatoes or grapes you see on display are most likely being imported. Don’t forget about the dried figs!

Vegetables: Rich, hearty, and leafy vegetables are one of the perks of winter, and lucky for us, the Green Market is filled with them. Indugle in cabbage, spinach, collard greens, zucchini, beets, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and leeks. Leafy greens are definitely popular this time of year including swiss chard, and you can find the perfect butternut squash if you get there early! 

Nuts: Chesnuts are most popular this time of year, and you will see them fully flowing in the market, and even being roasted for purchase just outside of the market.

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Smoked and Dried Meats: It’s no surprise that you will find your fair share of smoked and dried meats this time of year. Afterall, it is the season! Most popular are kobasica, and smoked pork meats are definitely on display the most. An interesting find on my walk there today was smoked sheep meat – we’re sure you could try a taste if you’d like. 

Cheese: This goes without saying, but there is never a lack of fresh, homemade, domestic cheeses for you to choose from. You can even find many of the cheese displays selling homemade jogurts and kefir – a good way to kick off 2017. 


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