Get grounded in the fruits, vegetables & herbs of Mexico
This thorough primer of some of Mexico’s most emblematic plant ingredients will set you up for eating the freshest of Mexico’s local foods, in season, and delicious.
Frutas y Verduras
A Fresh Food Lover’s Guide to Mexico
Learn about 50+ regional plant foods in this resource for cooks, travellers and everyday eaters
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”
Slideshows: identify foods easily
Audio: get the pronunciation right.
Taste and texture description.
choose for ripeness and store for freshness.Tips: how to
Preparation notes, uncomplicated recipes.
Nutrition notes and traditional medicine uses.
Cultural and historical relevance
… and much more!
This content-rich ebook contains audio, pop-ups, and other enhancements. Designed for iOS (iBooks) and adapted for download to Android. Use a suitable device (5in+) and a recommended reading app.
Consult the FAQ for more details
- Kobo Reading App* (free from GooglePlay) serves most devices including iOS, Android, Windows and Desktop. If you have a Mexican IP, the correct version of this app is called Orbile also free on GooglePlay
- iBooks -comes standard on iOS devices (ideal)
- For Desktop/laptop PCs, use Kobo Desktop app.
- BEST: iPad, Android or Windows Tablets. *eReaders like Kindle, B+N etc will not work
- Large format smart phone (5in+) Smaller phones are not recommended
- Any PC desktop or laptop – with KOBO desktop app
- Apple computers – with iBooks app
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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 sustainable and affordable 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 offers you valuable knowledge 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.
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.