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Regional fruits, vegetables and herbs are not only the foundation of the gastronomy, they have shaped Mexican culture and identity.

For many Mexicans, meat is rarely on the menu. What they eat, and appreciate, daily, is a variety of seasonal produce.

From the milpa comes Mexico’s pride: maiz. Beans wrap around the corn’s stalks, and squash trails at its feet, along with many other plants. The people who tend the milpa keep what they need, share among community and take the rest to market.

Foraging, too, is a way of life. Can it be eaten? Even inhospitable cacti are no match for resourceful people. And they are delicious. 

When you join us for cooking classes and local gastronomy experiences, we connect you with these traditional food practices and wisdom. You will leave us with ancient ideas that will seem new, and a deeper understanding of Mexico’s history, culture and people… all through healthy plant foods.

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Welcome to Mexico!

Bienvenido a México!

You're a traveller...

Let us show you how you can make a positive impact on the local community by enjoying the freshest, seasonal produce.

Healthy street food? We cover that too!

You're a newcomer, here to stay...

Meet your local marchantas

Our market tours and cooking classes will help you navigate with confidence and connect with local produce vendors –  key to getting the best local produce and contributing to your new community.

 

Share A meaningful 'taste of place'

Connecting people

We give local people a platform to share wisdom and knowledge of generations. This intercultural exchange broadens thinking.

Local benefit

Choosing local produce puts money directly into local hands and supports small businesses and families.

Sustainability

Produce obtained through foraging, or grown in community agricultural systems is abundant! We support practices that contribute to community and ecological health.

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Thursdays in Mérida...

Corn to Comal

The Tortilla and the Mayan Milpa

  • Family friendly
  • Hands on
  • Vegan + Gluten-free

Authentic, local, fresh and healthy...

Inclusivity!

Plant foods are for everyone, and by nature, vegan-friendly. And, as Mexico’s cuisine is largely corn-based, we easily accommodate gluten-free diets!

Community

Experience true community with people who share your love and care for good food grown in healthy systems.

Cultural Insight

Learn how plant foods and the systems of growing and selling them have impacted Mexico's culture and people over time – from ancient civilizations to modern gastronomy

FAIR + JUST

The ticket price takes into account fair pay. And as you learn to use local ingredients, there's further benefit to local communities.

I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable."

Sustainable traditionS

We focus on foods grown in ancestral ways, in systems that have long sustained indigenous communities. There is wisdom in these ways.

Demystify your market experiences...

Frutas y Verduras

A Fresh Food Lover's Guide to Mexico

This thorough primer of some of Mexico’s most emblematic plant ingredients has been designed to set you up for eating the freshest regional produce in Mexico – in season, culturally relevant, delicious and healthful. 

Download for iOS or Android.

Frutas y Verduras e-book

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Today was the action-packed 3rd class of our November session of Cooking with Yucatan Plant Foods Everyday. We chopped, sliced, boiled, sauteed, sieved, stuffed, mashed, seasoned, blended and of course, tasted our 5 spotlighted ingredients: Tomate Verde, Plátano Macho, Makal, Zapote Negro and Camote
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The dish pictured above used 3 of our ingredients to make Canoas de Plátano Macho stuffed with Makal Estilo Picadillo, topped with a Raw Tomato Verde Sauce. Baked plátano macho "canoes" can be stuffed and topped with pretty much anything, making this filling dish a quick and easy way to get more fresh and local produce into your diet
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Learn how to make the most of what's fresh and locally available in Yucatan! Next sessions beginning December 3 and January 7. Book online or get more details at www.fyvmexico.com/merida
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Today at noon ET Margret (founder of Frutas y Verduras) will be talking with Erin @erincaseygomez about cooking in the #yucatan as a transplanted Californian and #naturalfoods #chef. We're focusing on adapting -- for her how the big changes taught her to #adapt and how she's been inspired by the #Mayan cooks of the community. .
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#cookingclass #foodorigins #learn #isolationcreation #quarantinelife #sustainableliving #inspiration
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Pesto de chaya y pepita en proceso
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Chaya leaves grow on a hardy, drought resistant shrub-like tree. It is native to the Americas and grows easily and abundantly here in Yucatan. It is high in protein, calcium, iron and vitamin A; in fact it is two to three times more nutrient dense than any other land based green. .
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Chaya also contains a toxin which necessitates cooking the leaves or mixing them with an acid to inactivate it. Traditionally, chaya is added to scrambled eggs or corn masa used for tamales or tortillas, or consumed as a beverage with lime, orange or pineapple juice. .
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One can however safely eat up to 6 raw leaves a day. That's why I love to make this chaya pesto with toasted squash seeds and garlic. When added to pasta, sauteed vegetables or avocado toast, for example, the raw chaya is dispersed, it's unique earthy flavor makes a little go a long way. .
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Are you in these cities?
Read with us and let's dig into food issues that go beyond taste, beyond the authentic experience. Let's take seriously food issues affecting our neighbors in #mexico and see how eating responsibility will help preserve healthy food and culture.
Read Eating NAFTA and join a group discussion connecting readers in Mexico, Canada and the US with the author on March 1
Hosted in
#Austin by Melissa Biggs, Food Anthropologist
/// Led in #toronto by Ivan Wadgymar #tortillero of @maizalto (still seeking host space in Toronto)
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#washingtondc by Rebecca Picard theculinarycitizen.com
/// #portlandoregon Gabriel Talavera of @patadeperrodf (seeking space to host /// To join a group, Register using link in BIO. Or message me here.
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#austintexas
#austinfoodie
#foodmatters #realfood #tacos #tortilla #torontofood #mexicanfood #mexicomaravilloso #eatrealfood #nogmos #bridgesnotwalls #merida #oaxacafood #oaxacacity #mexicodf #mexicofoodtour #heritage #humanrights #foodiemexico
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What if you knew that the foods that have made #mexico a culinary and cultural destination are in jeopardy?
If as a #traveler #digitalnomad or #expat you could eat foods that made you an ally with Mexico's food system would you choose that?
My guess is yes.
So read with us and join in local discussion in #cdmx on March 1 led by Madeleine Wattenbarger, journalist and author of #eater article (see first comment) and connect in virtual conference with the book's author and other groups across North America
'Eating NAFTA-Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico' by Alyshia Galvez will make you aware of how we unconsciously fall into step with policies that are undermining the same food and culture we care about.
We have a choice.
Other cities participating:
#oaxacacity #sanmigueldeallende #huatulco #merida #portland #toronto #washingtondc #austintexas
Register using link in BIO
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#foodexplorer #mexicanfood #foodsovereignty #eatrealfood #foodmatters #realfood #read #dogood #sinmaiznohaypais #changemakers #tacos #tortillas #tlacoyo #quesadilla
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MAMEY - one fruit, endless possibilities. Ever wonder what the heck to do with this leathery-skinned, orange-fleshed tropical fruit? Well, I'll give you 3 ideas, but there are so many more!
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Today we transformed this perfectly sweet mamey zapote into:
1. a creamy licuado with orange juice, oat milk and pepita molida
2. an homage to 1000 island dressing with a crispy slaw
3. a no-bake mamey mousse tart with date and pepita crust .
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Intrigued? The last class in this series (and last until October 2020) has just 2 spots left. We will explore the many culinary possibilities of chayote, chaya, espelón, caimito and pepino kat. 100% plant based, creative home cooking with local ingredients. Follow the link in my bio or contact me to join us next week! .
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Foodies, gastronomes #taco lovers...this may be a bit of a buzz kill, but what if, in your travels or new home in #mexico you were, without realizing it, contributing to the destruction of Mexico's food system?
Read Eating NAFTA with us.
Why? To get a handle on policies and globalizing systems that are crushing Mexico's traditional food ways and with that, tearing at a cultural fabric which I'm sure you agree is pretty darn precious. And to choose not to be complicit.

Groups will be gathering in live>virtual discussion on March 1. In San Miguel de Allende you'll be led by Jorge Catalan of @mercadosanosma
Where else? #oaxaca #cdmx #huatulco #merida #toronto #portland #dc to name a few - it's not too late to gather your own group of readers to join this dynamic live and virtual food movement. *******
So get your hands on the book and join us. You just proved you can read 😉 so no excuses!
Register on the site below to participate.
Fyvmexico.com/eating-nafta
Share this, register and comment below and I'll give you an extra tip to get the book at 30% off regular price on Amazon
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If you have been wondering what I might look like after biting into my first-ever raw habanero, well wonder no more!
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Yesterday, persuaded by the intrepid Cecil Hemingway (pictured), we both sampled a local favorite: Pozol Simple con Habanero y Sal. Pozol is a porridge-like beverage made of nixtamalized corn (hominy) and water, sometimes mixed with sugar and fresh coconut or cacao. Pozol Simple is unsweetened and best enjoyed with a bite of crispy fresh habanero dipped in salt. The Pozol tastes deeply of corn and its creamy texture pairs perfectly with the spice and salt of the chile
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It's not clear from my face in this picture, but after recovering from the first bite, I went back for more and actually loved it! I finally experienced the capsaicin-feuled adrenaline rush and oxytocin burst that chile lovers crave. It was so energizing! Huge shout out to Cecil for helping me overcome my fear of the habanero, because I was seriously missing out! .
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Tasting Pozol is one of my favorite stops on my fyvmexico Plant Food Lovers Market Tour. Spicy or sweet, it's not to be missed. Come join the fun! .
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