Despite the severe drought that has been affecting the Dominican Republic for the last few months, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced that there will be an abundance of fruit, vegetables, root vegetables and salad produce on the market stalls this Easter Week.
During Easter Week people traditionally make sweet beans, using beans, sweet potatoes, milk cookies, cassava bread, raisins, cloves and milk, all of which are readily available.
The Minister of Agriculture, Luis Ramon Rodriguez, is advising people to eat a large quantity of fresh fruit and salad to prevent the dehydration that can happen as a result of the high temperatures usually experienced at this time of year.
Traditionally at this time of year the main fruits available are cherries, papaya, grapefruit, sapote and avocados. As well as those mentioned above, the markets are full of celery, coriander, oregano, spinach, green bananas, pineapple, medlar, watermelon, melon, sweet lemon, guava, oranges, tamarind, passion fruit and coconut. Vegetables available include cucumber, tomatoes, chayote, eggplant and lettuce.