I've spent wonderful mornings wandering through the pola, markets and supermarkets with an inquisitiveness to discover new and exotic fruit and vegetables. It is a literal treasure trove with around 80 different varieties of fruit and vegetables.
If we start with fruits and the humble banana, which we have all see and hopefully tasted... there are more than 20 different varieties of bananas grown in Sri Lanka. They come in different sizes, can even be red (as opposed to yellow), taste sweet, salty, slightly sour, and there are some varieties that are only for cooking. It took me almost an hour of pointing, talking, discovering and taste testing some of these varieties of bananas.
My personal favorite is mangosteen (which is in season only twice a year). You will also find the most deliciously sweet pineapples, very small watermelons (not particularly sweet ones) and everything mainstream seems to be imported!
That said, I'm still learning, exploring and indulging. If anything, it's made foraging, cooking and feasting all rather adventurous and indulgent.
On a final note, I'd say I'm learning the art of fusion. Well, you can't just "curry" everything like the locals do!