In Mérida, discover the plant food culture of the Maya

What's most striking about Yucatan is how connected the everyday person is to where their food comes from. The pride they have in their cooking traditions, the casual ease with which they detail family recipes, the widespread knowledge of growing seasons and indigenous plants.

Erin Gomez Danielson, Merida Lead
pink dragonfruit with golden tips
Pitahaya, native to Yucatán

Fall/Winter Class Series - reserve your space now!

Cooking Plant Foods of the Yucatan Every Day!

3-class series on consecutive Tuesdays.
Sessions begin: Oct 8 / Nov 5 / Dec 3 / Jan 7

Celebrate the regional fruits, vegetable and herbs of Yucatán, by learning how to integrate them into your daily diet.

Under Erin’s guidance, you’ll explore new ingredients and prepare them in different ways. Instead of using recipes, this class will focus on techniques, gaining confidence in experimentation and –of course– enjoying the delicious ‘fruits’ of your labor! 

Women learn how to use tortilla press at a cooking class in Merida, Yucatan

Single classes as space permits

EACH CLASS 3.5-4 Hrs

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Erin Gómez Danielson

Mérida Lead

Erin Gómez Danielson

I was born and raised in the foodie Mecca of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and am a certified Natural Chef with ten years experience in professional kitchens. What I most love about living here in Merida is how integral food is to the culture and how willing locals are to share it with everyone who visits.

My Merida-born and bred husband and I moved back to his home city in 2014 and we now have two young children. I’ve spent the last four years learning about Merida, Yucatán and Mexico from everyone I meet here; be it what food to bring to a party, how to properly fry masa for panuchos, or how to drink your cerveza like a local.

I’m honored to collaborate with Frutas y Verduras Mexico in creating a tour that brings the proud plant food heritage of this region to a wider audience.

Susi Noh Un

Teacher: Corn to Comal

Susi Noh Un

Susi is from the community of Sacalaca, Quintana Roo. She grew up harvesting food from their traditional milpa farm: corn, chiles, squash, greens and fruits.

 Eating in season and using every part of each plant has always been the everyday practice in her family and community. Each evening the corn must be prepared by soaking it in lime so that it will be ready to be ground the next day for tortillas, and each day begins by draining and rinsing that corn to make the dough to be pressed into tortillas. 

Susi loves to teach about her traditional food, though it took some convincing for her to believe that we wanted her to share the typical everyday dishes that contained no meat! 

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Mamey-Tamarindo breakfast bar with oat and amaranth flour, banana and pepita. That's it! .
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The mamey and banana are so sweet, it doesn't need any added sweetener, making it great for breakfast. The tamarind adds a welcome tartness, which gives the mamey a rhubarb-like quality. .
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I'm gearing up for sessions of Cooking with Yucatan Plant Foods Everyday, creating simple recipes like this one to pass on to lovers of eating plant based and local. Stay tuned for the fall/winter schedule, tba soon. See you in Merida! .
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Buenos días! Still playing with saramuyo over here, getting ready for class this Tuesday, which means I get to eat my new creation with pitahaya, yogurt and granola for breakfast. Nothing like experimenting with tropical fruits in the morning! Wanna know more about these fruits? Follow the link in my bio. Happy breakfasting!
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Working with saramuyo getting ready for Fall and Winter sessions of Cooking with Yucatan Plant Foods Everyday 🥑🍅🍌🍍🌽🍠🥒🌶️🍊 starting October 8, with more sessions through January 2020. Each session is 3 classes on consecutive Tuesdays. Solo classes also available if you can't make all 3. Online booking opening soon! .
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So back to this awesome fruit. Saramuyo is native to Yucatan and known as Ts' almuy in Maya. It's subtly sweet white flesh is very versatile if a bit of work to separate from the many seeds. Check out my story to see what I did with it. I'll give you a preview- it was delicious! .
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A satisfied student from last spring's Cooking with Yucatan Plant Foods class with a shot of black zapote ketchup and makal chips
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I so enjoyed sharing my joy in discovering all of the interesting, vibrant, versatile plant foods in Yucatan with a great group of people earlier this year. The students were truly inspired to shift their habits into shopping locally, cooking creatively and taking advantage of all of the incredible plant foods we are lucky to have here.
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The next session starts this Tuesday, October 8! You, too can sign up for outstanding, delicious and healthy, not to mention fresh and locally grown, food by following the link in my profile. You will be whipping up zapote ketchup, mamey mousse, chaya pesto and green tomato pico de gallo in no time! .
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Today's delicious, healthy and filling lunch after a fun Corn to Comal Class
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Students are always pleasantly surprised by how filling and satisfying these plant based dishes are. An achiote-seasoned broth brimming with chaya, chayote, calabasita, carrot and avocado, plus Susi's mother's albóndigas de pepita and plentiful fresh tortillas hechas a mano; add a salsa de habanero muy picante and a glass of agua de chaya con limón...a meal fit for...well, anyone! .
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Thursday mornings at Casa Misterio. Link in bio. See more scenes from today's class in my story! .
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Booking is open for fall/winter 2019 sessions of Cooking with Yucatan Plant Foods Everyday! .
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First session starts Tuesday, October 8! .
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You will learn how to cook with local produce of Yucatan creatively and with confidence after 3 classes exploring 4-5 ingredients each. Using familiar recipes and preparations as reference points, we will use unfamiliar foods like chaya, yuca, chayote, and mamey to make simple dishes you can recreate at home. By learning skills and techniques instead of simply replicating written recipes, you will finish these classes ready to integrate these foods into your everyday diet. If you are just visiting, these classes are a unique way to discover the delicious bounty of fresh plant foods that have shaped the Yucatecan diet for generations
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Follow the link in my bio or visit www.fyvmexico.com for more info or to book online .
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Sampling some mamey zapote and it's delightful frozen equivalent as part of the Plant Food Lovers tour, a brand new offering in the works from Casa Misterio, in proud collaboration with fyvmexico. More details soon! .
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Happy Sunday! Did you know it is peak pitahaya season? Yucatan exports between 4 and 500 tons of Pitahaya to the United States during it's season from May to October. .
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Known as Dragon Fruit in other parts of the world (such as in Vietnam which is the top world producer of this white fleshed variety), Pitahaya is the fruit of a cactus native to the Americas.
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It is a good source of iron as well as vitamin C, making it a delicious alternative for those sensitive to citrus. The black seeds encapsulated in the subtly sweet flesh are reminiscent of the seeds of the kiwi fruit. .
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It is most often consumed out of hand or smashed with sugar, lime and fresh water to make a unique agua fresca. Pitahaya Is my very favorite fruit in Mexico. What's your favorite fruit that grows where you live? .
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Another great class today, eating healthy, traditional, plant-based food, made by our own hands, learning the fascinating story of nixtamal and how it shaped the culture of the American continent, swapping tales of childhood food memories of our various upbringings...de verdad fue un éxito! As always, es maravilloso aprender de la chef Susi acerca de sus tradiciones. In the spirit of true cultural exchange, she learns from me too as we cook and teach together. Ven a participar! Come and participate! Details at link in bio or at www.fyvmexico.com/places/merida
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We were so busy making delicious plant-based foods today that I barely stopped to take photos. I did snap this one of our guayas with habanero molido, lime juice and salt. The old chile, lime and salt treatment really takes this fruit to the next level. They are tart, sweet, salty and spicy, with the most interesting gooey texture that takes a bit of work to enjoy. There are a few varieties that range subtly in size and sweetness. If you are in Yucatán during the summer, make it your mission to taste them all! .
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