07 April 2011
It's time, once again, to play your favorite game and mine...NAME THAT FOOD! (Applause!)
Today's mystery food is a fruit called Guamuchiles. They grow on thorny trees also called Guamuchiles. The fruit pods resemble very plump green beans. The fruit itself is very firm and can be white or pink in color. And each guamuchil has a black seed inside.
To eat the guamuchiles, you must remove the outer green layer and the black seeds, leaving the white or pink fruit to be eaten raw. This is one of the few fruits that aren't eaten with salt, chile and lime juice.
As for it's flavor, let me just say that it's an acquired taste. When I first tried guamuchiles, I didn't care for them much. They tasted like grass or leaves and left a bitter taste in my mouth. I later learned that the pink guamuchiles are much sweeter than the white. I'm still not a big fan of guamuchiles, but I can eat a couple every once and a while. Hubby and his family are crazy about them.
If you're in Mexico and you happen upon Guamuchiles in the market, buy a few and taste them for yourself. But be warned, don't eat too many, because they produce a lot of gas.
Written by Leslie Limón at 2:10 PM