Wet markets started getting negative attention after the outbreak of Covid-19 and we guess you know why.
For those hearing the word wet market for the first time the basic definition is a market that sells perishable items (such as fresh meat and produce) and sometimes live animals which are often slaughtered on-site
So like we were saying in the opening paragraph, wet markets started getting bad publicity as it was linked to coronavirus, thanks to those early cases at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market last year. They conjure up a picture of live, exotic animals and strange meats hanging from hooks. But there’s a big difference in wet markets around the world, and even inside China.
That notwithstanding we can’t downplay the huge significance of wet markets in our daily lives and it’s for this reason why we want to put the spotlight on 5 of the largest wet markets in the world.
1.Porta Palazzo, Italy
This is Europe’s largest food market with hundreds of stalls, including a large open-air market with a separate undercover local and organic produce area, and a large covered fish and meat hall. It’s frantic, fabulously multicultural, and fun.
2. Rungis, France
The Rungis International Market is the principal market of Paris, mainly for food and horticultural products, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the largest wholesale food market in the world.
3. Central De Abasto Market, Mexico
This market is the biggest in Mexico City provides an estimated 80% of its food and it can be an overwhelming but exciting experience to watch the market’s controlled chaos.
4. Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan
The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is the most important market in the city and unarguably the biggest place on earth where every type of seafood can be obtained. Due to the local importance and magnitude of the market, it also happens to be one of the most well-known attractions in Tokyo; It’s a place just about every tourist who visits the city comes to see.
5. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
This Brazilian market which is actually the biggest in the whole county has a whopping 400 stalls and will provide you with all your dietary needs. Whether you want fruits, spices, dairy, or meat, Belo Horizonte literally got you back.