The World of Maíz

Maíz (Spanish), or maize (English) is another word for corn, from the ancient Taino word mahiz – and it is one of the world’s most widely planted crops. The consensus is that maíz originated in Mexico, with the mesoamericans using the selective breeding of teosinte, an ancient genetic ancestor of maíz. With 59 distinct landraces grown throughoutContinue reading “The World of Maíz”

For the love of chilies

One of the most amazing culinary contributions of Mexico, aside from tacos, is it’s vast array of salsas. Go to any stand serving empanadas, tacos, or various other savoury options, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a source of pride, their own particular homemade, chili salsa. While in many parts of the world, people areContinue reading “For the love of chilies”

SALSA!

Perhaps the king of Mexico’s condiments, salsa can elevate even the most simple dish to sublime levels. While many visitors to Mexico may think of something simple and cooked, with tomato and onion, like Pace or Herdez produced brands when speaking of salsa, or perhaps the fresh pico de gallo you’ll almost always find inContinue reading “SALSA!”

Achiote – Red Spice Goodness

Considered native to Mexico, Belize and areas of South America, the Bixa Orellana shrub’s distinctive red seeds are used to produce the spice, Achiote – named from the Aztec Nahuatl language, also commonly known as Annatto, as well as Roucou in other areas of the Caribbean. After the seeds have been dried and ground, theyContinue reading “Achiote – Red Spice Goodness”