Mexican food is totally unique. Yet just how unique would you be prepared to sample?
As a matter of personal taste, it’s totally up to you, but if you’re ever in the mood for something that’s not ‘run of the mill’, our list will get your taste buds tingling, even without hot sauce!
Not for sensitive souls:
- Huitlacoche is a fungus that grows on organic corn. A real plus is that (whee-tla-KO-che) is packed full of lysine, an important amino acid that our bodies require, but cannot manufacture. You will find baskets of fresh huitlacoche in the market in the Aramara market or in the weekly Farmer’s Market in the Romantic Zone. Or try it at the food stands that regularly serve up warm and thick corn patties filled with huitlacoche, corn kernels, and onions.
- A source of protein, grasshoppers have a mild flavor. They are often paired with a sauce or other flavoring including garlic, lime juice and salt. They are served on their own as a snack or can be found served in tacos or over guacamoles.
- Tejuíno is a cold beverage made from fermented corn, the same kind used for tortillas and tamales. The dough is mixed with water and piloncillo and boiled until the liquid is thick. It is said to be good for the kidneys and stomach. Easy to find along the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta.
- Chinicuiles or Gusanos de Maguey considered since pre-Hispanic times a delicacy and one of the priciest “insects” nowadays. The maguey worm is the larva of a butterfly that grows on the leaves, talks and roots of the maguey. Enjoy them fried with butter or oil and served in a tortilla with a little guacamole.
Other weird offerings Mexico delights in are Escamoles (ant larvae), Tacos de Lengua (cow’s tongue), Tacos de Labio (pig lips), Bone Marrow Quesadillas, or how about some scorpions or cow’s eyes?
Mexican cuisine is very diverse and is at its best relatively simple, that’s why many foodies end up in mama’s kitchens or at taco stands for delicious fare, but a good way to learn from your adopted culture is to try something different from the Mexican dishes we all already know.