Merida Plant Food Lovers Experiences
Manos en la Masa
Erin Danielson with Susi Noh Un
Learn to make corn tortillas from kernel to comal with a master tortillera, along with some other traditional plant-based preparations unique to the Yucatán Peninsula. Our venerable expert is Susi Noh Un from Sacalaca, Quintana Roo, who grew up harvesting the milpa with her family and still makes masa from scratch every day.
In this hands-on workshop, you will join Susi and Erin in grinding the corn into masa, forming the tortillas (or tamales on occasion) by hand, and cooking them on the comal or in the vaporera. Each class features a variety of plant-based accompaniments, depending on seasonal availability and your teachers’ inspiration, using such ingredients as pepita, achiote, calabaza local, camote, local chiles, and chaya to make typical dishes from Susi’s pueblo, like Sikil Pak and Brazo de Reina, todo desde cero (all from scratch)! Each class also includes a refreshing beverage and sweet vegetable or fruit treat.
With small groups in a home kitchen, you will learn the slow-food process of making each part of our meal, and practical tips for using fresh masa at home, as well as the historical and cultural importance of corn and the milpa in Mexico. You will even learn a few words and phrases in Susi’s native Maya as we cook and eat together.
Fresh Market Tour
Visiting, or a new resident to Merida? This is an essential exploration of fruits, vegetables and other plants of Yucatán typical to the diet of the Maya people. Learn about the pre-Hispanic diet and how traditional plant foods and preparations continue to shape the local diet and culture.
Meet Erin, your guide, in colorful Parque San Juan. Through the bustling downtown, you’ll make your way to Merida’s central Lucas de Galvez market.
Learn about the significance of indigenous produce like chaya, camote, espolón and jícama, and taste foods typical to the region. Our day wraps up at one of Merida’s most beloved sorbet shops, where we will sample local frozen fruit treats.
Expect to spend a lively three hours getting to know Merida through its vibrant food culture, while bumping elbows with locals in traditional Mayan dress.
…Add a Cooking Class
Following the 3-hour Fresh Market Tour we’ll return to the kitchen at Casa Misterio inspired by our seasonal market finds for an hour + half cooking session.
Fusing Yucatán traditions and flavors with our own culinary references, we’ll create delicious, healthful dishes to share. You’ll discover how you can adopt traditional preparations into your own cooking style and will be inspired to integrate new ingredients into your own diet.
Includes all snacks; expect to end the experience feeling satiated!
Custom tours available at other times/days.
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