Today we visited the well known San Mateo Market. Here you can discover the huge variety from fruits and vegetables which we have on Gan Canaria.
Furthermore, you can get to know one of their superfoods as the ‘tuno indio’ or tuno fruit. Here you can also buy other local food as honey, artisan cheeses, aromatic plants, bread, nuts, wines, jam, flowers and other regional products.
It seems that the tuno fruit brings more potassium than the banana or the dates, vitamin E and K, calcium, magnesium and a wide variety of different minerals. You have to taste this fruit! Below you also have an example of an artisan cheese cured with tuno fruit.
The San Mateo Market opens every Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Most of the market stalls are indoor, so that it could be a nice option in case it is a rainy day or even if it is a very hot day.
Some advices about the San Mateo market:
San Mateo is a quite cold area during winter. Let’s say that the temperatures could be between 10 and 16 degrees. So that, we recommend you bringing some winter clothes. Moreover, please consider that you might not be able to pay with credit card here, so bring some cash with you.
Finally, you should know that the San Mateo market is quite crowded on Sundays. Parking here is a challenge if you do not go early in the morning. We recommend you to get there before 11:30 a.m.
You can walk around the town on foot. You can know some local people and its most beautiful views and areas.
In addition, if you are interested in visiting something real local such as a ‘gofio‘ mill. At Agua street number 9 you have one Canary gofio mill. Gofio is a Canary meal made of ground cereals. The cereals are from wheat or corn or both cereals mixed. At this place you can buy some. You can eat it with hot milk for breakfast with some sugar or even with vegetable soups. Even you can eat it in some restaurants ‘gofio escaldado’ which means that it is mixed with fish broth or other kind of broths. There are more gofio mills at Gran Canaria, as the one of Firgas.
Below you can check some pictures in order that you can have an idea of what you will find at San Mateo market and town.
Remember that the best way to know a place is doing it by yourself!