Granada Street Vendors – People in Spain

The Berry Woman In Granada

By Nancy Todd

Street vendors come and go and people in Spain love them.  In Granada, vendors are scattered about the city and sometimes move onto another location in the same day.  When you find something you can’t live without, buy on the spot as the vendor may disappear.

The usual items are for sale like sunglasses.  I am a big consumer of sunglasses and therefore I always buy on the street.  Five, ten euros.  I go through  four pairs every summer.  You will find purses, leather bracelets, scarves, earrings that sparkle and dangle, and fans.

Among the people in Spain selling on the street, I love the food vendors, a departure from tapas.  They sell what is in season.  My favorite was a short, round, rosy cheeked woman in her seventies.  She had little baskets of fat, delicious black berries.   My friend Pamela and I, out strolling near midnight found the berry woman.  Another woman sold hunks of prickly pear cactus.  She deftly whopped off the spines with a knife the size of a baseball bat.

The sunglasses man.

Another salesperson sold bananas and pineapples that were cut into small pieces ready to eat on the go.

What have you bought from street vendors in Spain?

2 Responses

  1. robin says:

    Oh my god I’ve actually spoken to the woman in that last photo – she’s the one who told me that those prickly pears are called higo chumbos. They’re delicious actually, although a bit gritty.

  2. admin says:

    Did you notice the cleaver she weilds and chops off those spines like we tie our shoes? She is very good with that cleaver!

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