Apr 16, 2004, 11:23 PM
Post #11 of 11
I'm an almost-retired Spanish/ESL teacher, and look forward to our up-coming retirement in Mexico.
I have lived over 10 years in Mexico in Mexican homes (my husband's family), so I have some input that could serve here: maguey is a cactus, but it is baked and eaten as a fruit/sweet with that same flavor as tequila. How, you may ask, could a sweet taste like booze? Oh, I see someone in the back of the room raising his hand and jumping in his seat!
Yes, Juan, do you know the answer?
Si, maestra, my uncle once took me to Tequila and we toured the Cuervo tequila factory. There they bake the maguey "pina" [Hey, where's the tilde n on this system?], which is what they call the heart of the maguey after cutting off all the leaves. When it came out of the ovens, before crushing and squeezing it they let us taste it. Yummy!
So, maybe you were offered "maguey", which when cold looks like over-ripe fruit. Very much like sweet potato (camote). Taste it next time and think "Cuervo", limon y sal.
Camote y leche is a common supper treat in Meico for kids and adults alike! Wash the camote, scrub it!, prick it with a fork, coat in with a little butter , wash your hands, place it on a small plate and microwave and set it on high for 8 min., 2 extra min for each one you put in with it. Or buy the hiher calorie dulce de camote in the market, if you trust that the bees that have been trying to make off with it are clean. Did you know that camote, sweet potato is one of nature's most nutritious foods?
I just re-read this, and realized how teacherly I sound. Well, I guess you can take the teacher out of teaching, but........ Bear with me.