By adding the regional foods of Mexico to your dietary lexicon, you participate in their continued preservation.
Humble, hard-working people proudly bring Mexico’s most precious native foods to market.
Women, from the very old, bent and wizened, to those with small children in tow, travel long hours to various markets with that day’s produce. Without a set stall ‘address’ they’ll set up on the fringes of the mercado, at a weekly tianguis, or perhaps at a bus stop or in a plaza.
Some roam the streets with pails on their arms, others lay a cloth on the ground with tidy piles of fruits, vegetables, and often, handmade tortillas made from freshly ground nixtamal laid out before them. They are marchantes; itinerant vendors.
What they have to offer you is pure gold in exchange for a few pesos.
Working as a Personal Chef in Mexico, I preferred to buy my produce from these vendors. In doing so, I began learning about foods that are unique to Mexico and truly the foundation of the gastronomy. My wish to share that with you was the motivation behind this “Passion Project” , my self-published digital guide which I titled, simply…
“Frutas y Verduras – A Fresh Food Lover’s Guide to Mexico”
A labour of love
Frutas y Verduras took two full years to complete. A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign helped me get started; personal funds and thousands of hours got it finished. I published it to iTunes and Kobo stores in November 2016, where you can buy it for $12.99.
On this page I’m trying something a little different…
You decide how much you wish to pay.
Unconventional, I know, but why not? If you’re just a bit curious about these foods of Mexico, then, that’s ok… pay a little. I don’t mind! If you’re in the industry and can write it off, please pay a bit more.
Once you download it and start exploring the interactive ‘pages’ , if you think…
“Wow! what a lot of work that was! “,
Then please, SHARE this page with friends, and/or write a review/testimonial (please use Contacts page).
Your efforts will be appreciated!
Here’s a peek inside…
Millions of Mexico’s indigenous poor depend on the fruits of the earth for their own economic and physical sustenance.
Indigenous communities are the defacto guardians of the native plant ingredients. It may surprise you that the mainstays of their daily diet are the same foods that were the foundation of the Pre-Hispanic diet. It’s sustainable and certainly affordable for the common person.
These foods, associated with poverty, have in many ways been disregarded as modern and industrial farming offered more international options to the upper classes. But in the last 10 years in particular, the native plants of Mexico are getting their due through the work of high-profile chefs, like Enrique Olvera and Ricardo Muñoz Zurita.
With the knowledge you gain from Frutas y Verduras , you can easily start to incorporate these special regional plant foods into your own daily diet…
Consider wild plants, called ‘quelites’. When these common greens are in season, they are collected by locals and brought to market… available to you and me.
Or the squash, corn, beans and various other plants grown on compact, sustainable and largely organic “milpa” plots. What isn’t needed to feed the community, is sold — again, available to any of us who seek out those vendors at market.
Some of the foods covered in the guide were brought from the Old World early on during Spanish trade excursions… long established in regions where the climate best matched its place of origin.
…you’ll learn about these foods in Frutas y Verduras!
A woman sits on the ground scraping the needles from prickly nopal paddles… or selling xoconostle, chayote or jocote from a colorful pail…
Use your ‘Frutas y Verduras’ guide to learn how to use them. Your exchange of pesos for fresh produce will make a big difference. This act not only helps to feed a family, it demonstrates an appreciation for the preservation of these foods.
Until December 31 of 2017, I’ll be donating 25% of income from Frutas y Verduras (both iOS and Kobo) to groups actively working on the re-building of pueblos especially in agricultural areas of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and in the State of Morelos..