Get grounded in the traditions of Mexican fruits, vegetables & herbs

This thorough primer of some of Mexico’s most emblematic plant ingredients will set you up for eating the freshest local foods, in season, deeply relevant to this rich culture and delicious.


amaranth green quelite



Frutas y Verduras 

A Fresh Food Lover’s Guide to Mexico

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Learn about 50+ regional plant foods in this resource for cooks, travellers and everyday eaters

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But Mexican food…it’s meaty, right?

You’ll be surprised how vegetarian, even vegan-friendly, Mexican food can be. Fact is, Mexico is the fourth most biodiverse country in the world and the fruits, vegetables and herbs make each region’s cuisine unique. 

Edible plants and fruits that were the foundation of the preHispanic diet, remain a major part of the indigenous diet, deeply woven into the culture and culinary heritage.

This English-language resource will help you navigate 50+ fascinating plant foods essential to Mexico’s cuisine – foods you must try to be able to say: “I love Mexican food”

Fruit Vendor outside Mercado San Juan Mexico City

What’s Inside?


 Slideshows: identify foods easily
 Audio: get the pronunciation right.
  Taste and texture description.
 Tips: how to choose for ripeness and store for freshness.
 Preparation notes, uncomplicated recipes.
 Nutrition notes and traditional medicine uses.
 Cultural and historical relevance
… and much more!

Visiting Mexico?

For a guided experience on the ground, check out the line-up of tours and cooking classes offered by local culinary and tourism professionals. 

San Miguel de Allende, Merida, Mexico City, Oaxaca



How Your Food Choices Matter

Indigenous communities are the guardians of native plant ingredients, and Mexico’s indigenous poor depend on these fruits of the land for their own economic and physical sustenance.

It may surprise you that the same foods that were the foundation of the Pre-Hispanic diet continue to be staple foods for a large segment of Mexico’s population.

As modern habits and industrial farming offered more attractive options to the upper classes, many of these indigenous foods became less appealing… associated with poverty. Ironically, now, through the work of high-profile chefs, led by Enrique Olvera and Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, in particular, native plant ingredients of Mexico are getting their due.

Frutas y Verduras – A Fresh Food Lovers Guide to Mexico has been designed to assist you in incorporating these special regional plant foods  into your own daily diet.

Learn about quelites…

Incredibly, 300+ common greens are used in Mexico – collected by local people, and brought to market. Many are common weeds you may already be familiar with, but hadn’t considered to be edible. 

Maiz corn Mexico
Shucking maiz for esquites or atole de grano

Learn about the milpa…

The milpa is a sustainable, compact and highly efficient system where corn,squash, beans and other edible companion plants are grown.

Learn about plants of the milpa in Frutas y Verduras.


    • Margret says:

      Hi Mirela
      Thank you – did you need help with the download, or have any questions that I can help you with? If so, please go to my Contact page and send me a note there. Thanks!

  1. Kathy Mazzetti says:

    How do I order this and pay? I’d love to be able to use it! Thank you for the beautiful and important work.

    • Margret says:

      Hi Kathy
      Thanks for your kind comment! To buy the book, just select the payment category (price) that suits you and click on the button that says “Choose your price”. This will take you to PayPal where you can complete the purchase using your PayPal balance or credit card. Once that’s complete, your browser will immediately go to a page that contains the download link. The link will also be inside the Purchase Confirmation that will be emailed to you. (check Spam/ Trash folders if not in your inBox).
      Happy New Year!

    • Margret says:

      Hi Kathy – I am sorry – I thought I replied to this a long time ago. To order and pay, just choose the price option that feels most suited to your situation, click on the buy button and then click on the same button again (it becomes “go to cart”). You can pay then using a Paypal account, which you can set up to draw from your credit card.

  2. Dottie Bellinger says:

    I bought your book but missed the part about needing to download kobo if I’m in Mexico. How do I download the book again now that i have kobo?

    • Margret says:

      Hi Dottie
      Thanks for buying Frutas y Verduras! When you made your payment you’d have received a purchase confirmation email. In that email, there is a download link. If you continue to have problems, just reply to that purchase confirmation email and I will be able to help you directly.

  3. SUSAN GROOMS says:


    • Margret says:

      Hi. I’m sorry – Frutas y Verduras is only available as an eBook. A printed book like this would require color images for every page and that is expensive. A printed book of this kind would cost over $40 USD. Plus, the eBook contains audio for pronunciation which is a really valuable bonus.

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