The Moscow Rizhsky market is mainly known for its flowers, but fruit and vegetable lovers will enjoy it too. The marketers have a fantastic presentation. But, where do those wild peaches come from?
The Rizksky market has a long history and used to be the city's largest market, primarily thanks to the flower trade. The market is located in a building from the 80's at the moment.
Towards the end and after the fall of communism there were a wide range of kiosks with Western and not necessarily legal products around the Rizhsky market. Now the stores around this market are slightly run down, but the market is still flourishing. Literally, as flowers are even more clearly the centrepiece after a thinning out of the shady shops at the start of this century: the two paths along the edges are filled with flower stalls. In the middle there are ten or so fruit and vegetable stalls and other fresh products are sold too.
Everything for presentation
The market still has a slightly rough image, but is a good visit. The market is mainly visited by florists and flower traders. Consumers can also buy a bouquet. As far as fruit and vegetables are concerned the market is mainly interesting for catering. The prices are higher than in the supermarkets.
The products look good and clear care is taken on the presentation. Even when visiting in the afternoon, the stalls are full of unpackaged wares. The products are also regularly lightly humidified with bottles of water with holes in them.
Azerbaijan and Iran
Of course, due to the boycott no European products are to be found on the market, but the attentive viewer may wonder where the wild peaches come from. Earlier this summer it was reported that European stone fruit
can be abundantly found on the Russian market. Countries of origin are reported on signs: a lot of Azerbaijan, Israel, Iran and of course Russia and Belarus. Also striking: various kinds of grapes, potatoes, melons, stone and soft fruit, all impeccably presented.
What is striking about the assortment of vegetables is the quality, which defines it from what is found in most supermarkets. There is a lack of product differentiation: a cherry tomato won't be found here, neither will peppers and colours and specialties also seem to be lacking in the market for now.
Price list - 100 roubles is ca. 1,40 euro
dill Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
Parsley Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
coriander Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
Spring onion Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
dragon israel 1 bundle 100
basil Israel 1 bundle 100
mint Israel 1 bundle 100
basil (green) Israel 1 bundle 100
rucola Israel 1 bundle 200
Romano Salad Iran 1 piece 250
Iceberg hit Iran 1 piece 250
lollo rosso iran 1 piece 250
salad (leaves / loose) Russia 1 bundle 100
Chinese cabbage Russia 1 kilo 250
Field sorrel Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
spinach Azerbaijan 1 bundle 100
leek Iran 1 kilo 500
radish Russia 1 bundle 100
celery Azerbaijan 1 kilo 300
carrot Belarus 1 kilo 200
pumpkin Russia 1 kilo 150
beet Russia 1 kilo 100
ginger Israel 1 kilo 500
garlic Azerbaijan 1 piece 100