I know it’s hot here, but that’s ok with me because it means we have a smorgasbord of tropical fruits and vegetables available. At the top of the post is my haul from the mercado today. One big pitaya (dragonfruit), two large guavas, a dozen small Mexican grown apples, two red grapefruit, and a new jicama. All of this produce cost me the equivalent of $8 USD, with the pitaya being the most expensive item, at 75 pesos or $4.50.
My fetish is buying things that are at the peak of their season, and you can always tell when that is by the stands being flooded by the same item. Right now the guavas are beautiful – their perfume is almost overpowering but I love them. I don’t see dragonfruit here too often so that was an impulse buy, but it was delicious – a very similar taste to a kiwi but an absolute feast for the eyes! See it cut open in the photo below?
Jicama season must have just started, too. I love jicama and we eat it daily whenever they are young and juicy. Jicamas can store for a long time so you often see them much darker brown and with thicker skin. If they don’t have brown spots in the flesh they’re ok with lime and Tajin but the young ones are like a different thing entirely. Our daughter’s partner laments that when they moved from California to New York she can seldom find nice jicama. I guess I can never move there, ha ha!
In the picture just above you can see a liter plastic cup with guanabana pulp. I was looking for guanabanas last week and asked at my favorite fruteria. He didn’t have any but he had the pulp in the freezer and sold me this for just 60 pesos or $3.62 USD. That’s a bargain because guanabana is relatively expensive and they are a pain in the neck to prepare.
I bought a delicious organic papaya from La Rosa Organicos earlier this week, it’s in the freezer for our breakfast smoothie and also to use if I burn myself. Did you know that you can make a tea from papaya leaves that is helpful with symptoms of dengue? I think La Rosa is going to make some to sell at the Organic Market starting on November 14.
I have plenty of great fruit to keep me occupied until mango season, don’t you think?
>By the way, have you heard of the Kickstarter campaign to raise money for Frutas y Verduras? I’ve contributed to it and think it’s a great idea – a field guide to fruits and vegetables in Mexico. The project is fully funded but they are looking for additional cash to expand the project. Check it out here!