No matter where I go in México, I always pay a visit to the local mercado. Not just because I love to eat but because I love learning about all the different produce available in each area.
Even if we are staying in an apartment or hotel, I always buy a bit of food for us to enjoy for snacks. Jicama and carrots, always. Cut up fruit, nuts, and dried fruit, often.
In the picture above – at the top is jicama, papaya, coconut and pineapple. Below that are imported pears and apples. The weird knobby thing in a pile in the middle is guanabana. I love guanabana, it is said to be especially good for those fighting cancer and is delicious and fragrant. It makes a great agua fresca.
Mercados often have an area of small restaurants. These are always unique to an area and are also a bit of a challenge for a vegetarian. You will want to scan the offerings first and see if there are any obvious winners. If not, you may end up with a quesadilla. But don’t be sad, take advantage of their usually delicious home made salsas, ask for some sliced avocado and lime and you will be good to go!
Carrot – La zanahoria
Papaya – La papaya
Coconut – El Coco
Pear – La pera
Apple – La manzana
Quince – El membrillo
Guava – Guayaba
Avocado – El aguacate