Green Bazaar, Almaty

The Green Bazaar in Almaty keeps alive the trading traditions of the Silk Road, it's by far the best food market I have ever seen. The cuisine of Kazakhstan may not be much to write home about, largely bland Soviet style stews and kebabs, but the quality of the ingredients are first class.

This huge covered bazaar is where you'll find everything from quail to horse and endless types of honey and spices. The Korean diaspora is in evidence selling traditional ready made salads.

There was a distinct male/female split in the market. Cheese, yogurt and vegetables were only sold by women and dried fruits were only sold by men.

I brought back bags of dried apples, honey, jam, saffron and boxes of dried wild mushrooms. Foody heaven.