Its that season once again when people look forward to that delicious Chestnut or better known by its local name- “Ivi”
Women as far as Rewa, Tailevu and Wainibuka flock to the capital city every year to sell this delicious seasonal chestnut to earn an income for themselves and their families.
For 24-year-old Varea Solomoni who travels all the way from Dravo in Tailevu says selling Ivi has helped support her fare to school and help buy groceries for her family. She normally leaves home by six in the morning and on a good day finishes by three in the afternoon.
Solomoni is a second year FNU student pursuing a Bachelor in Education comes to the Suva Market to sell Ivi when shes has no classes.
She comes to the Suva market on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and makes about $64-$66 a day depending on how many Ivi packets she sells that go for $2 dollars each.
She says since she travels all the way from Tailevu to attend classes in Nabua, the money she makes tremendously helps with her bus fare to school.
Ivi season is normally from February to March and goes well just as a snack or with a hot cup of lemon tea or coffee.