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Candied cactus fruit, Acitrón is made with the leaf of a cactus called biznaga,  To produce acitrón, the leaves are taken off the outer skin combined with the thorns, dried out in the sun and lastly simmered in a syrup made out of water and sugar or honey, then left to dried out again.


Achiote Seeds


Achiote (Bixa orellana) is a bush or small tree originating from the tropical region of the Americas.  It’s best known as the source of the natural coloring annatto, made out of the fruit. The plant bears pink flowers and bright red spiny fruits that have red seeds.


Achiote Paste

Achiote Paste

Achiote paste is a Yucatán and Oaxacan dishes, is made of the somewhat bitter, natural flavored, red annatto seeds, combined with lime juice or vinegar and other spices and ground into a paste. Achiote paste has a distinct color and is a mainstay of the Mexican home.

Adobo Chicken


A spicy paste used while cooking meats, poultry and fish or storing chipotles, Adobo is a Spanish marinade, sauce or seasoning. It is comprised variously of paprika, oregano, salt.



Aguacate or avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico, avocados are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates around the world. They have a dark green skin, and pear shaped body that ripens after harvesting.

aguamiel in agaveAguamiel

Aguamiel is the sap of the Mexican maguey plant which is believed to have therapeutic qualities. Sometimes named honeywater it has been for hundreds and maybe thousands of years in Mexico as a medicine. It is also fermented to be enjoyed as a beverage.


anona-custard apple-sugar appleAnona

Sugar apple – an oval fruit covered with light green knobby protuberances. Annona squamosa a compact tree or shrub that produces edible fruits known as sugar-apple or custard apple, that comes from the genus Annona, Annonaceae family.



Meatball (does not need to actually be meat)




Dried poblano chile



Skirt steak












A soft, mild cheese




A thick beverage made form corn or rice