Saturday, October 24, 2009

Signs of Fall

Orange and yellow tinted leaves scattered on the ground and an abundance of pumpkins were always signs that Fall had arrived when I lived in the States. 

Now that I am in Mexico, I neither see the multi-hued leaves nor the pumpkins.  So, how do I know that Fall has arrived?  Guasanas!


Guasanas are fresh garbanzo beans that have been steamed.  They are kept warm in the specially equipped carts where they are sold.

Guasanas have a slight butery taste.  I like my guasanas seasoned only with salt. But Hubby and the kiddies like theirs topped with bottled Valentina hot sauce.

The way to eat guasanas is very similar to eating pumpkin or sunflower seeds.  You pop a whole guasana into your mouth, suck on the juice, then remove the outer husk and eat the round guasana.  Mmmm, mmmm, good!  


If you happen to see a guasana cart, I highly recommend that you try them! (You will look forward to them each Fall.)

With Love,
Leslie Limón

10 comments:

  1. Those things really looked weird the first time I saw them from a vendor cart, but they taste pretty good. A much better snack that processed food with all the additives....

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  2. I will keep my eyes open around here.

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  3. I don't remember ever seeing those around here. Sounds interesting.

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  4. I had these at a futbol game in Morelia about 15 years ago and thought they were soybeans!

    I've been looking for them ever since, they were wonderful. Hopefully they have them on the coast, thank for the heads up!

    Anyone who loves edamame will love them for sure.

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  5. Yes! I saw the first guasana bunch a couple of days ago, a guy on his bike hurrying home with his big bouquet of garbanzos on the stem.
    So yummy! Such a healthy snack.
    I like them with just rock sea salt too.
    -MT

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  6. The first time I saw these years ago I didn't know what they were and I asked a friend. He told me what they were and he said that you remove the skin and ear the kernel inside. I bought some and took them home and after a half an hour of taking off the skins I had only about a tablespoon full of kernels. I went back to my friend and told him that I didn't think they were worth the trouble and I told him how I had prepared them. He started laughing so hard that I thought he was going to choke. He still reminds me of it. Oh, well...that's how you learn :)

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  7. those look so yummy! Def. have to look for those!

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  8. MMMMMMMMMMMMM.......... I LOVE those with lots of salt and valentina sauce!

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  9. Gotta say I like them with and without Valentina. We can get them on almost every street at this time of year. I love em.

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  10. I grew up in Guadalajara and every time we went to my moms hometown Atotonilco we always had guasanas there and also took some to cook home,they are so good!!!

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