A series of photos from BA.
The verdulería is pretty central to life in Buenos Aires. In the UK, greengrocers have decreased in numbers due to the rise of supermarkets. In Argentina, however, they can be found with regularity on the streets of the city. The photos below were taken in a large grocery at the intersection of the streets Corrientes and Ayacucho.
Self-service, or ‘auto-servicio’, is still not terribly common in Buenos Aires – outside of the supermarkets (although you can certainly find them). This means that you do have to be assertive to make sure you don’t get fobbed off with the softest aubergine, something that doesn’t come easily to me.
At this particular grocers, we arrived and there was a queue of around ten people waiting to be served. The attendants inside were busily weighing vegetables and totting up their sums, along with regular shouts of ‘quien sigue!’ (‘who’s next!’). As you can see, there are lots of vegetables all piled up in their crates; from zapallitos (a type of pumpkin/zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), ridiculously large avocados and passionfruit, and lots of celery, amongst others.