While I was staying with a family in Albania recently, I was given a handful of fruit on my second night. I had no idea what they were, but I tried one. I thought it might have been unripe, but was told otherwise. In fact, I found out that it was a type of plum, a green plum. I had never heard nor come across them before and, as I ate them regularly while I was there, I felt it warranted being a Foto Friday. So, here it is!
Green plums are plentiful in Albania. Almost every greengrocer stocks them. They even grow in the front gardens of people’s houses in the centre of Skhoder, which is the city where I spent most of my time.
They aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I developed a liking for them. I found them very useful for travelling and took them with me whenever I was going anywhere and wanted a snack. That’s because they are very hardy and don’t bruise easily. That’s my food travel tip for Albania – green plums!
I took this photograph the day before I left Albania when I was stocking up for my journey. I picked out the fruit I wanted and when I asked how much it was, the woman replied, ‘Nothing.’ I said to her, ‘I must pay you. How much is it?’. Again, she replied, ‘Nothing.’ I was a little confused and still holding the bag of plums in one hand and my purse in the other, I said, ‘I must pay you for them.’ She replied, ‘Nothing, small.’ I had taken about two handfuls worth because I didn’t need many. Since I had picked so few, she wouldn’t charge me. I thanked her quite a few times and asked if I could take her photo because of her kindness. She declined, so the next best thing was a photo of the plums on her stall.
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Have you seen and tried these plums? If so, did you like them?