All great examples of why you should not "over provision" before going cruising -- there's just so much cool stuff out there in the local markets. And interacting with the locals to figure out what this stuff is is half the fun. Definitely enhances your cruising experience.
For example, the mercado central in Guatemala
City is absolutely amazing. Huge place with hundreds of square feet to all kinds of amazing produce and spices. The vendors will gladly give you small samples so you can figure out what you like. Even better, there's a food
court area -- I've had some really good meals
there -- often with no idea of what I was eating, but man it was good!
Another regional favorite: Rosa Jamaica
, a type of hybiscus, makes a really tasty tea which will keep for weeks w/out refrigeration
(unless of course you add sugar). We brew it up very concentrated so it takes up very little space and then mix to taste.
And, something you can only get fresh and local -- because it does not transport or keep well -- cashew fruit -- eat as is or make a very refreshing beverage from the juice.
In contrast, I tried to buy fruit juice in a US supermarket a few years back -- had a surprisingly hard time finding it (of any flavor) -- if you read the ingredients, almost all the stuff on the shelf is just flavored sugar water
Damn, now I've got the munchies!