The prices of the ingredients used to prepare the Ecuadorian traditional dish fanescaduring the Holy Week, will be announced at the fair the upcoming Tuesday, which will be held in the Wholesale Market, in the south ofQuito. That day, traders will receive wholesale products like vegetables, tubers and dried fish.
If the supply is low it’s likely that prices will rise, businesses of many merchants depend on these costs. According to local traders, is not the demand which would affect prices, but rather that in this period “country people do not work and so there’s a shortage” said Maria Pilicita, who works in the market for 14 years and is well acquainted with the “rules” governing this season.
The fanesca is the dish of Ecuadorian cuisine that is consumed by tradition during the Holy Week. This appetizing dish is served hot and it has around 12 or 15 different ingredients including different types of fish, depending on the preparation, other components are mostly grains.
The fanesca became a traditional dish in the colonial era, and now is a custom that brings the family together while preparing and eating it; its secrets are inherited from generation to generation.