Prehispanic Food

The pleasure of a delicious meal enlivens the soul, wakes the senses, and leaves us with an ineffable sense of fulfillment.

I took a break from work yesterday, and went to the Pueblo Mágico de Tepoztlán food market, which is slightly over an hour from Mexico City.

Because of everything that has happened in recent years, I am very careful of eating outside of my home, but I thought that you only live once and should try it. What a formidable experience! We arrived at a food stand inside the local market, called “Huilantli.”

In addition to offering us traditional Mexican food such as quesadillas, tacos, tlayudas and other delicacies that leave one unable to move due to the amount of food ingested with great joy, the girl who served us questioned if we had tasted pre-Hispanic dishes.

We opted to try the pre-Hispanic “gorditas” and I’d never experienced something so unusual but also so delicious in a meal before.

The “Gorditas” are made by combining flour from various seeds with orange juice to create a base that keeps the ingredients in place; when reading the menu, the dishes read as if they came from another world, with insects combined in some of them and others completely vegetarian. I chose one with hibiscus flower, rose petals, and other seeds, all of which were bathed in an avocado and chile sauce that enhanced the flavor in a unique and delightful way.

There are also dessert-like combinations with  blackberries, purple sweet potatoes, oats, bathed on a blackberry infusion combined with  pomegranate juice, amaranth and mezcal.

This market combines clamor and bustle, between colors, fruits, crafts, sounds and music, traditional fresh waters and exotic flavors of a variety of foods.

The former Dominican convent from the 16th century is located on the edges of the market, although at the moment it can only be viewed from the courtyard due to the strong earthquake suffered in the area in 2017. It is still an interesting walk around the courtyards. You can even find freelancer guides that will explain the history of the convent. Outside the temple you will find all kinds of stores and street vendors with whatever you can imagine. This is a side of Mexico that few people visit on their travels, but one thing I can guarantee is that if you are a  foodie, you will feel revitalized after eating some of the delicacies found here, and you will want to return.

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