This is Mexico’s Fresh Food ‘Scene’


Regional produce is foraged or gleaned or grown using ancient, sustainable methods – no need for pesticides.

Selection of fruits and vegetables in a Oaxaca market
An inviting array of local produce in Oaxaca. Chances are, a few ingredients here you have never seen before.

In mercados, at street food stands, on restaurant menus… you’re encountering unfamiliar ingredients at every stop.


…Some appear too strange to be edible

…Some have names impossible to wrap your tongue around

…What does it taste like? …Is it ripe? …Must it be cooked? … Should I peel it?

So many questions… and your Spanish is failing you!




A Fresh Food Lover’s Guide to Mexico



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Get to know 50+ regional and indigenous fruits, vegetables & herbs with essential information…

  Description of taste and texture.

  How to choose for ripeness & store for freshness.

  Simple preparation tips and uncomplicated recipes.

  Notes on nutritional value and traditional medicine uses.

  Cultural and historical notes

… and more!

I wish I had had this guide on my first trip to Mexico…but you can bet I’ll have it with me on my next! Ms. Hefner focuses on fruits and vegetables that are not so commonly seen outside her adopted country. Her writing is straightforward, commonsensical, and lucid. Her photos show all the right details, and her visual overviews by category — say, all the fruits, or all the herbs — are especially useful in making identifications, and in distinguishing between close botanical relatives. Highly recommended.



25% of all sales to the end of 2017 will be donated to earthquake rebuilding efforts in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the State of Morelos


    • Margret says:

      Hi Lyn. This will only be available as a digital book which can be carried around on an iPad or tablet. Printing is costly for a self-publisher! It’s just coming out now in iTunes and Kobo(for Android). These 2 options cover most devices. It can be used on a bigger iPhone with iBooks installed, though it’s not ideal.

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