Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween!

 Jack O’Lantern – Trick or Treat!!!! The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin.The Jack O’Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish History. As the story goes, … Continue reading

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Hoja Santa/Root Beer Plant/ Piper Auritum

Holy Mother, what a leaf! Mexico is a land of legends and the story of how Hoja Santa, or Holy Leaf, got its name is among the most charming. When the Virgin Mary needed a place to dry the diapers … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

What would you do if someone invited you to a fiesta in a graveyard? let me guess amigos, the mere idea of it give you a major case of the creeps, right?! El Dia de Los Muertos originated in Mexico, … Continue reading

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Chan/Chia/Salvia Hispanica L.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-chia, what-o-what? Most people have heard of Chia, but not in the context of a “super food”. You may have even purchased one of those pottery “pets” that you spread with seeds and then watch it grow into a “hairy” … Continue reading

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Chaya/Tree Spinach/Cnidoscolus aconitifolius

Would you like to try the challenge of Chaya? Though you need to be absolutely sure you’re not afraid, wild Chaya are a gourmet delicacy anyone can have and enjoy it without fear. Eat this – it’s good for you! … Continue reading

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Zapallo/Butternut Squash/Cucurbita M.

Butternut me up, eat me!! The Butternut is a squash variety, grown throughout Central and South America as well in the Caribbean – separate from pumpkins or “winter squash”, which originate in Mexico. A vegetable that is a very good … Continue reading

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Granadilla/Sweet Calabash/Passiflora ligularis

Aaaah, granadillas! I always adored Granadillas and the exotic flowers too. Of all the tropical fruits I love, none remind me so forcibly of home as Granadilla. My mom used to make Granadilla Mousse all the time back when I … Continue reading

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Calabaza/Pumpkin/ Cucurbita Maxima

Hola amigos, the season of the pumpkin has arrived! There’s nothing that reminds us more of the holidays than the smell of pumpkin pie or that turkey in the oven. Pumpkin is not only delicious, but it’s also very good … Continue reading

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Aguaje/ Moriche Palm/ Mauritia Flexuosa

Today’s object of desire is the moriche palm, Mauritia flexuosa. So for everyone out there with a curious palate that’s open to new experiences, here are Aguaje, an especially unique fruit that everyone should introduce their taste buds to at … Continue reading

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Guaraná / Brazilian cocoa /Paullinia Sapindaceae

Spooky, eh? Indigenous to the Amazon region, Guarana is a climbing cine-like bush creeping shrub native to the Amazon (and particularly the regions of Manaus and Parintins). In the lushness of the Brazilian Amazon where it originates, it often grows … Continue reading

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