travel theme: merchandise

For this week’s travel theme, i would be sharing with you photos of unusual and exotic merchandise.

Mango Ketchup. When you say ketchup or catsup or whatever way it’s called, you think of it as colored red because it is made from tomatoes. But here in my country, we also have the banana ketchup and recently i came across this mango ketchup in one of the supermarkets out of town. That’s right, it’s mango ketchup. These are made in Guimaras Philippines. Guimaras mangoes are known as the best and the sweetest mangoes in the world.


mango ketchup

Purple Corn. I’ve only seen and tasted the yellow or the sweet corn variety and the white corn which i absolutely love. But purple corn? Wiki says that “purple corn is native to the Andes region in South America and is used to make chicha morada (a beverage) and mazamorra (pudding)”. These 2 pieces of purple corn costs almost P51.00 or about $1.20. Expensive isn’t it?


purple corn

Crispy Fried Salmon Skin Chips. I took this photo of salmon skin chips in a store selling all kinds of nuts and native delicacies like chicharon, chicken skin chips, spicy dried crispy anchovies, etc. Salmon is an imported fish and 100 grams of these sells for almost P100 or about $2.30 which is kind of expensive.


crispy salmon skin

Durian. My own experience the first time i’ve eaten durian was pleasantly satisfying. The flesh is smooth and soft, custardly like and sweet. I really don’t mind its scent but i’ve eaten it by hand with plastic gloves on. Wiki described its scent “as pleasantly sweet fragrance but others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust and has been described variously as rotten onion, turpentine and raw sewage.” 



Croc Meat. Yes, these are croc’s meat. I was so surprised finding them at the frozen section of the supermarket. It was the first time i’ve seen these so i took some photos. Croc’s meat available are croc australian cheese sausage, croc hungarian sausage, croc ribs, croc tapas, croc burger and a lot more. I searched the net for some information with regard to the brand and yes i found it. What is more surprising is that these products came from a local farm located out of town. At first i thought they were imported. Oh by the way, they also offer the Lechon Buwaya (Roasted Crocodile). It is cooked like the traditional roasted whole pig. They say that croc meat is low in fat, low in calories but high in protein. Do you want to see a photo of one whole roasted croc? Here’s the link and photo.


croc meat

Looking for more Merchandise? visit Ailsa’s blog.


15 thoughts on “travel theme: merchandise

  1. fozziemum says:

    Goodness me what things you found! I have grown colored corn and it is quite hard to grow as opposed to normal corn…I have grown purple carrots too 🙂 which were the first carrot..the colour was change over years to satisfy customers! great weird and wonderful items 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

    • elizz says:

      it tastes tart and sweet.. great on fried or grilled dishes. some put it as topping to burger just like an ordinary ketchup but probably for some it is an acquired taste.. have a purrfect week too..

  2. RamisaR says:

    What exotic foods! I haven’t heard of most of them, but they look so curious. 🙂 Salmon chips; sounds so delicious! Need to try them one day. 😀 (I love salmon to bits…)

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