In Mexico, there’s a vast variety of fruits and vegetables beyond what many English-speaking expats or visitors are familiar with. Many are indigenous, some are wild, some exotic… the selection can be boggling to a newcomer. But the richest cultural experiences are to be had in the mercados… so prepare to give your senses and sensibilities a feast!
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The aroma of dried chiles punctuates the air.
You ask a vendor for an avocado–it will be selected for you at the perfect ripeness…
“Un aguacate para hoy, por favor?” you say (oon ah-wah-KA-teh pa-ra oy, por fa-VOR)
Accept tastes offered by vendors with wheelbarrows or pickup trucks laden, each with its haul of a particular fruit or vegetable of the season, brought in from the field only yesterday – never to see the back of a refrigerated truck. Experience the bursts of complex flavors.
Amongst the vendors who loudly call out from their stalls selling the standards, elderly campesinos/as set up on the sidelines selling their selection– often foraged, or grown on small farms or plots of land. These are the ingredients traditional to the indigenous diet, that you won’t find sold far from their source. It’s truly ‘Slow Food.’ And these elders and the indigenous people grow them year after year.. heirlooms of the culture, and deserving of our attention.
Keep an eye on these pages to discover these delicious, and healthful fruits and vegetables with healing properties known for thousands of years by the Indigenous people…
Be inspired to taste weird green bumpy things that appear to have alien ancestry –you’ll learn they are not only safe to eat, they are, in fact, luscious, juicy super-foods…
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