Spice Aisle, Otavalo Street Market

The spice aisle at Otavalo's central market.

It’s not really an aisle, more like a section at the end of two rows of stalls and makeshift stands which themselves are at the end of what I’ve been referring to as the food court at the renowned market in Otavalo, Ecuador. It’s reputed to be the largest indigenous market in South America, but I wasn’t nearly as interested in the piles of clothing, bags and blankets as I was in these colors from the spice aisle that jump out, grab and pull you in. The aromas were bursting with life even in the late afternoon hour after the spices and herbs had already been sitting out for most of the day.

Everything is for food prep except the indigo blue bag which is a dye for clothing. One of the deepest blues I’ve ever seen.

For the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 488th straight, was snapped in Otavalo, Ecuador, on 28 March 2015. If you missed my Otavalo post, check it out. There’s some practical info and lots of photos from the food court. A few more below, also for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme, enveloped.

Spices, central market, Otavalo, Ecuador
Spices, central market, Otavalo, Ecuador
Spices for sale at the central market in Otavalo, Ecuador
Spices for sale at the central market in Otavalo, Ecuador
Blinding. Spices at the central market in Otavalo, Ecuador.
Blinding. Spices at the central market in Otavalo, Ecuador.

At the moment when this was posted, while I’m on an eight hour flight somewhere between Dubai and Madrid hopefully snoozing, this is one place where I’d rather be, in fine company enveloped by exotic scents and colors.

 

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  1. Anonymous says

    Now you have me curious about the blue pigment; i suspect it’s not colorfast, so wouldnt work for fine art, but it would be fun to experiment with — um, are you listening to me, bob? bob? oh, perdon, i forgot that you were sleeping!

    great photo! z

  2. Emilie Vardaman says

    I love markets like this!

    1. Bob R says

      This was my favorite corner of it. Great colors and scents.

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