Non-typical Food Options
While I am food shopping, I have some other items besides nuts/nut butters I want to ask about. These are products that, to the best of my knowledge, are not produced in Nicaragua but I am guessing are available somewhere in Managua.
Miso is the first/most important on my list. Assuming there is more than an insignificant Japanese population in Nicaragua, I expect there would be a place where it could be found. It is a very common ingredient in Japanese cooking. There are many types. The one thing in common is that it is a perishable live food that typically needs refrigeration so trying to import it would be pretty difficult.
Related are products that are typically called sea vegetables. Nori (the sheets used to wrap sushi rolls), kombu, wakami, and others. Once again, typically used in Japanese cooking.
Besides quinoa, I would like to find amaranth and buckwheat.
Algae is more or less on my list. I think Naturaleza in Managua may have some but am not sure.
Finally, I would like to find sources of other types of nuts that are not grown in Nicaragua. Walnuts and pecans come to mind. Also, oils such as walnut and macademia.
Thanks for any pointers you may have to offer. Clearly, some of this can be shipped here if there are no local sources but some items will just cost more to ship that the value of the product and, as I mentioned, miso will be problematic.