22 October 2014
This morning, like most, I was woken by the sound of the fruit and vegetable van pulling up my street (and beeping his horn loudly to announce his arrival). Although this would seem frustrating at first, it's actually quite pleasant, in fact it adds to the charm of the Maltese Islands.
Traditions are well preserved here in Malta. Whether it be attending one of the many Maltese Churches on a Sunday, or attending the annual village festa, the Maltese truly remember the ways things were done in the past. Over a 100 years ago, basic needs were supplied by local farmers who would serve a particular district, typically on horse drawn carriage, offering the locals a variety of fruit, vegetables, bread, and Maltese specialties like imqaret. This service is still being practiced today, the horse drawn carriage, replaced by flat-bed vehicles.
These vans, and there are a lot of them, deliver their goods directly from all the local farms, and at a very decent price. You will be impressed by the quality and amount of groceries you can purchase directly from the farm. However it is not just fruit and vegetables being delivered on a daily basis. Fresh bread, fish and freshly baked doughnuts also make their rounds.
Listen out for the chant of "Bigilla friska" (A popular Maltese dip) being shouted down your street and you know you are not too far away from one of the many vans that regularly do the rounds around Malta. Hear 'Lampuki!' and you know that there is fresh fish available outside your front door. Lampuki pie is a traditional delicacy and a staple in the local diet.
The Maltese people love their bread and visitors to Malta will be enamored by it too. Fortunately, you are never far away from some. The bread vans visit all districts daily offering various different types of bread such as the Maltese Ftira fresh from the oven. You have to be up quite early in the morning to catch this one though.
It is refreshing to see small businesses and families presenting their wares throughout Malta. The rickety vans and their contents are truly charming.
Author: Adam Claffey
For more info on the subject visit David’s website: How To Malta