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Exotic Fruits of Mexico - Part 2

Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit) Pitahaya is a fist-sized flaming pink or green fruit that grows on a cactus native to the Sonoran desert in Mexico. A ripe pitahaya has a strong flavor and a kiwi-like texture. In Mexico I’ve always seen some that are white inside, but in Guatemala they can be purple and much stronger. Unfortunately pitahaya…
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Exotic Fruits of Mexico

This list of exotic fruits and the short description of each fruit, along with photos so that you will know what you are looking at while shopping in the markets, will get you started.  I will add to this list during subsequent issues, with the latest fruits highlighted at the top of the list. Note:  When asking for these fruits…
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Mexico Produces More Avocados Than Anywhere Else In the World

There are 57 countries that produce avocados, but Mexico is by far the largest producer with its production growing at a rate of about 5% per year. Mexico accounts for about 45% of the world's annual production. The most recent figures indicate that Mexico produced over 14 million tonnes in 2014, followed by the Dominican Republic and…
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In Season: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)

Nopal cactus are members of the Opuntia genus from the Cactaceae family, and are commonly known as the Prickly Pear cactus. There are dozens of varieties and well over 200 species. They grow throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States and are known for their nutritional and medicinal properties. It is interesting to note…

In Season: Mamey

Now selling from a wheelbarrow near you… For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to encounter a vendor selling mamey out of his wheelbarrow. Last year I met him on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, and this year, on the Avenida in La Peñita. With my limited Spanish, I asked him if these were a local fruit and he informed…

In Season: Passionflower and Fruit

Passionflowers are amazing to look at, and as the above photo shows, they are accompanied by a green immature fruit and a "it's ripe when wrinkled" fruit when in season. The loveliness of the flowers with their heady perfume is one reason to have these climbing plants in your yard, but when you open up a fruit, the delectably scented…
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Now That's a Lime!

After the rainy season ends, our yard always looks like someone had gone crazy with weed seeds and fertilizer, and this year was no exception. We had to use a machete to find our lime tree amongst the 10-foot tall, orange-flowered weeds that had taken over the yard again. No surprise there. What did surprise us this fall was the incredible…

Pineapples - A Major Crop in Mexico

One of our favourite hikes is to the pineapple plantations in the valley east of Highway 200. It was faster when we used to bike but, since Bea fell off her bike and broke her wrist we have taken to “hoofing it.” But slowing down gives us a chance to discover many butterflies, birds and flowers we would otherwise miss. Depending on…

My Lime Trees Give Me More Than Fruit

Every time I return to Jaltemba Bay, the first thing I like to indulge in is... an ice-cold limonada. This thirst quenching bebida (beverage) is simply made; lots of ice, a spoonful of sugar, your choice of mineral or natural water, and the juice of several freshly squeezed limes. Aaah... to me, this is the flavour that is Mexico. No,…

In Season: Ciruelas (Mexican Plums)

Updated June 1, 2014 – Ciruelas, or Mexican plums, are abundant during the month of June. If you drive through any of the towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, you will likely notice small bare trees with smooth and shiny egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. You can typically find green, yellow, red and purple…
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In Season: Mango Madness / Mango Salsa

Mangoes are plentiful during the summer months. Just drive down the street and you can’t help but notice that the mango tree limbs are literally weighed down to the ground with hundreds, if not thousands, of this incredibly sweet and delectable fruit. You will find many different varieties at every mercado, fruteria and minisuper…

In Season: Pitaya

On the afternoon of May 4, while David and I were driving through La Peñita, we noticed a woman sitting on the corner of main street with a table overflowing with Guamúchil (which I featured last week–click here to read the article). I asked David to stop the car so I could take some more photos. On the side of her table sat…

MOBDRO: A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR STREAMING VIDEO

Between tedious configurations as well as connection difficulties, its uncommon that a streaming application is impressive after launch. For Mobdro its a suitable sneak peek, as the exhilaration does not stop there. Accumulating hundreds of the globes totally free video clip streams into a single application, Mobdro is robust yet simple…