location: Marché International de Rungis (Rungis, France)
1, rue de la Tour BP 316
94152 Rungis cedex
During Basic Cuisine, we took a trip to a local market, just a 10 minute walk from school. This time, we all gathered at 6:15am to go visit Rungis market, the largest wholesale food market in the world. One of my classmates who didn’t go asked jokingly, is it bigger than Costco? Why yes, yes it is. After we arrived there by bus, we all had to put on jackets and hats before the bus took us around to the different sections of the market.
First off, poultry. They have all kinds of chicken, duck and rabbit, as well as foie gras.
I think it’s interesting to see the animals with their heads still attached..
Next up, meats. I had never seen entire animals hung up like this before. They are pretty huge.
I would love to see how these animals are butchered into their smaller cuts.
I think this section of the market would not be suitable for vegetarians.
Afterwards, we stopped by the cheese section. Needless to say, this place did not smell good.
For a breath of fresh air, we went to the vegetable and fruits section.
I had hoped to see more perhaps unusual fruits and vegetables, but most were pretty commonly seen ones. I had not seen the bottom right vegetable before though, which supposedly is a mix of cauliflower and broccoli. And supposedly, it tastes like a mix of cauliflower and broccoli. (If you have ever watched Foodnetwork’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives,” it’s like when Guy Fieri ate mofongo)
Next up, seafood. I had hoped to see more actual seafood, but everything was packed up in boxes. We just got a glimpse of some. I did learn that our school’s fish is supplied from here. So this is where the fish that stung my finger came from.
We also couldn’t really see their equipment, as they were being cleaned. But this is where they clean and process all the fish.
Finally, the flower section. The guide warned us that people here are less friendly and cautioned us not to touch or get too close to the flowers.
Here are a few varieties of the many flowers they had inside.
After the tour, we gathered at a cafe inside the market for a light brunch of croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and coffee/hot chocolate. Overall it was an interesting trip. But after having to wake up so early in the morning, I found myself really sleepy in the afternoon, like I had jet lag or something.