Super-Fruit from a Cactus – Garambullo

Think you are seeing blueberries? Think you are seeing blueberries? Nope, these are garambullo,  one of many cactus fruits enjoyed by locals in the central parts of Mexico. Like other  red-purple-blue fruits such as cranberry, pomegranate and blueberries, the pigment indicates high levels of anthocyenins which is among those flavonoids highly recommended for good health. Wait…what …

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Some ‘Yellow’ Tastes in Oaxaca

Walking through markets and perusing street-side stands, yellow fruits and vegetables catch my eye with their cheerful, sunny glow. It’s Springtime in Oaxaca City. Chayote blanco, Chayotito (cha-yo-TEE-toh) / White CHayote Little pale yellow chayotitos (also called Chayote Amarillo or Chayote Blanco), are nestled here amidst a variety of greens common to the Milpa, like verdolaga (purslane) to the …

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Fresh Tuna! The cactus, not the fish

IN SEASON NOW!  June- November It’s an adjustment for most English speakers to use the word “Tuna” when referring to a fruit, but that’s the name used in Mexico for the prickly pear. There are many varieties, all from Opuntia species of cactus. You’ll see green, yellow, orange, splotchy pink with white, and bright pink. Each …

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