If it is Friday in Puerto Rico head to the highland village of San Sebastian near the northwest corner of the country, where the local Farmer’s Market is in full swing. It’s not nearly as well known or trendy as San Juan’s Santurce market, rather it’s a rural outdoor collection of stands nowhere near a luxury beach resort. There are dozens of stands set up showcasing the island’s many tubers: yuca, batata, ñame, yautia, apio, and malanga. Expect to also see piles of breadfruit and bundels of quenepa, a cherry size green fruit with a thin skin and white fleshy center. Stands sell fruit drinks, bacalaitos (cod fritters) and alcapurrias (yautia and meat fritters).
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