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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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Shucking Frijol ‘Espelón’

In the mercado Lucas Galvez in Mérida, these beans were bundled, piled in stacks and, at some stalls, industrious women sat shucking. This particular bean, I came to understand, is not cooked to be served as a side dish as other frijoles tend to be, but is more often added to masa in traditional Yucatecan …

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In Season- Membrillo (Quince)

  mem-BREE-yo The quince is not native to Mexico, nor is it widely cultivated here. Its native origin is in Central to Southwest Asia: Turkey, Iran and into Morocco where it is a popular ingredient in tajines. From there, it would have entered Spain, which is likely how its seed was transported to Mexico.  It …

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