La Vista Hoy – cooking Flor de Maguey

Flor de maguey is an indigenous food, the unopened buds of the maguey plant, which flowers only once in its approximately 30 year lifespan. It’s a dramatic show– within days, a trunk-like stem shoots up to a height of nearly 30 feet. This contains the aguamiel, which either goes into the flowers, if the buds are allowed to open, or it is cut back and the aguamiel, a sweet sap, flows back into the piña – the core of the maguey– where it is then available for production of pulque or mezcal. Here, I prepared the buds with  onions, tomato, oregano and epazote for a taco filling.
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