Chiles

Photo: Jalapeños Capsicum annuum is a species of the plant genus Capsicum (chiles or peppers and capsicums or bell peppers) native to the Americas. Headlines Chilhuacle, el renacer del chile oaxaqueño Wikipedia Capsicum annuum Features Chilhuacle Chile en nogada Planeta.com Food, Health, and Cultivating Communities

Mole

Photo: Lucia’s mole and chocolate (sold at La Cosecha on Fridays/Satudays) Mole — rhymes with Olé! — is a rich, smooth sauce and a chief component in many of Mexico’s signature dishes. Oaxaca Connections The most well-known mole sauce in Oaxaca is the black (negro) variety, which includes spices and chocolate. To many Oaxacans, mole …

Chile en nogada

Photo: Andrea’s Chile en nogada Among our fave Mexican foods: Wikipedia: Chiles en nogada is a dish, traditionally served at room temperature with cold cream sauce, from Mexican cuisine. The name comes from the Spanish word for the walnut tree, nogal. It consists of poblano chilis filled with picadillo (a mixture usually containing shredded meat, …

World Chocolate Day

Photo: Name the flower July 7 is World Chocolate Day, chocolate said to have been introduced from Mexico to Europe on this date in 1550. We celebrate #WorldChocolateDay by giving a shoutout to Doña Lucia and family, makers of Chocoluchy. There are many fine cooks and vendors of chocolate goodness in Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca Chocolate …

Oaxaca Chocolate

Photo: Name the flower Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. July 7 is World Chocolate Day, chocolate said to have been introduced in Europe on July 7, 1550. We celebrate #WorldChocolateDay by giving a shoutout to Doña Lucia and family, …

Chocolate

Buzzwords Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the Aztecs who called it xocolatl, meaning ‘bitter water’ in the Nahuatl language. The Spaniards sent chocolate from Mexico to Europe. It …

Avocados

Photo: Harvest The word ‘avocado’ comes from the indigenous Nahuatl word ahuácatl (scrotum, a reference to the shape of the fruit). Translating: Avocado Spanish: Aguacate Ayöök: Tsii’n Gardening Tip Growing a plant from the seed? Insert toothpicks! Pointed end goes up and the rounded end is in the water. Headlines La reputación del aguacate mexicano …

Veggie Burgers

Buzzwords Veggie Burger = a patty resembling a hamburger but made with plants (vegetable protein, soybeans) instead of meat Headlines https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/3/20680731/mississippi-veggie-burgers-illegal-meatless-meat Planeta.com Food, Health, and Cultivating Communities Meat Plants

Exploring Oaxaca’s Markets

Poster Good morning. Natandio. Dios mep. Zei te ie. Zac xtil. Padush. Practicing for our next trip to markets in Oaxaca, Mexico. La Ciudad de Oaxaca has some of the most popular markets in Mexico. Nearby towns have their own markets and market days. An analogy: If markets are Mexico’s own tree of life, then …

Avocado Toast

Photo: Avocado Toast Stand, Davis Market Avocado toast = open sandwich or toast made with mashed avocado and salt, pepper, and citrus juice on toast. Wikipedia Avocado toast Planeta.com Avocados Fruit Davis, California