Monthly Archives: April 2011

Nance/ Savanna Serrette /Byrsonima crassifolia

Nance is native from southern Mexico through the Pacific side of Central America to Peru and Brazil; also occurs in Trinidad, Barbados, Curacao, St. Martin, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and throughout Cuba and the Isle of … Continue reading

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Puya/Queen of the Andes/Puya Raimondii

Your Majesty: Queen of the Andes Ladies and Gentlemen, can I have your attention please. Let me introduce you to your Majesty: The Queen of the Andes. Her real name is Puya Raimondii, is the largest bromeliad in the world; … Continue reading

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Yerba Luisa /Lemon Verbena /Aloysia citrodora

Have you ever had a pot of lemon verbena in your kitchen? If not, this is the time to get one. Lemon verbena tea has an extraordinary taste and extraordinary effects. A cup of its notable flavor can brighten the … Continue reading

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Have a wonderful Friday and Weekend!

May you have a wonderful Good Friday!! Peace to all and have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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Pepicha/Pipicha/Porophyllum tagetoides

If you’re looking to add a new flavor to your home cooking, or if you like to read new recipes on the internet while waiting for your frozen food to microwave, you might want to try Pipicha – It’s a … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – In Antigua Guatemala

The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the Jerusalem Church, around the late fourth century. The early Palm Sunday ceremony consisted of prayers, hymns, and sermons recited by the clergy while the people walked to various holy sites throughout the … Continue reading

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Huitlacoche/ Corn smut/ Usilago maydis

Huitlacoche is a soil-borne organism that grows on the corn kernels themselves and is known botanically as usilago maydis. It is smooth and dry to the touch, spongy in texture, and becomes a rich, black puree as it cooks. Its … Continue reading

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Nopal/ Prickly pear/ Opuntia

Known in English as the “prickly pear” cactus, this member of the opuntia genus produces the vegetable called Nopal, sometimes referred to as “cactus paddles” in the Southwestern United States. Opuntia, also known as Nopales (from the Nahuatl word nōpalli … Continue reading

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Arbol santo/Cannon ball /Couroupita guianensis

The cannon ball tree is one of the more spectacular South American trees to be planted in subtropical and tropical botanical gardens throughout the world. Fruits are edible and are occasionally eaten, but the smell of the white flesh discourages … Continue reading

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The Pipiles: Hanging on Time

The Pipiles arrived from central Mexico in about 600 A.D., most likely driven out by the dominant Toltecs. Given the similarity of place names, it is believed that the Pipiles originated in the current state of Puebla. The Pipiles are … Continue reading

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