–as far as I know, Mexico’s egg producers feed their hens ground marigold petals mixed with their other food to produce the gorgeous golden yolks we enjoy here. Happy New Year, Andrew Sullivan, Pan de Semita, and Marcella Hazan, Using and Choosing a Mexican Mortar and Pestle, How to Buy a Metate (Simple Grindstone) in the United States. Do you know if it is used in moles etc in Morelia? I don’t remember seeing ground ginger. A parallel puzzle for those who believe in late contact across the Pacific is the sweet potato. The Philippines uses comparatively few gingers than its neighbors, despite the great diversity in the family (save for plain ginger, which is fairly common). Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. I’ve read the marigold petal story too though a quick google did not bring up confirmation. I think there will be lots of interesting developments in understanding early globalization in the next few years. Sand ginger is used sparingly as a medicine: Ginger and turmeric are the only ginger rhizomes sold in the markets. He does not say but after finding your page I am feeling more confident about giving this recipe a try! Mexicoto Increase your Business Networks, Copyright © 2019 Export Genius. Fresh turmeric, like ginger, is available in grocery stores. Ginger plant. Thanks, Heike, specially for the mention of borage and sweet basil. I found and bought ground turmeric at Bonanza, in San Miguel. The spices you mention are all much in use in the Guyanas and many islands (Trinidad, Curacao, certainly Jamaica…), as I witnessed during my years in Suriname. I’d guess more part of the Pacific than the Atlantic Exchange. One excellent Mexican cook in Guanajuato told me his mother used ginger in salsas to provide “otro estilo de picante” (a different kind of piquancy). I would bet they got to Mexico via the Manila Galleon. Hope it is not too late to leave this comment. Must do follow up post on this whole issue. Vendors insist that it is actually azafrán (saffron), and supermarket shelf labels give it that name as well. There are a lot of alternative anisey-tasting plants in Mexico. I am fascinated by food culture and really the anthropology of food in general. I’m not sure about the genealogy of the oregano/marjoram family though I think it is complicated. Parsley? So glad that your experience bears out my own intuitions. –look around at the entryways to small businesses. See also Mercado San Juan, Col. Centro,México D.F. At first I thought it might be for feeding to hens, since Mexicans like their eggs yellow. So glad it was helpful. It’s the first I’ve heard of it in Puebla but I am not surprised. That’s such a common pattern world wide. Interesting. Ginger grows easily in Mexico, for example. "(989446, turmeric oleoresin pg) essential oils of lime", "te de flavors (turmeric w / meadowsweet and ginger, mex, bagged tea 6x16)", Coloring material of vegetable origin oleoresin turmeric c14 (curcumin), Mixing of odorific substances (private garden turmeric), "bitter chocolate tablets with coconut, bitter chocolate tablets with matcha, bitter chocolate tablets with turmeric and pepper". We are seeing a return to local food that is cooked from scratch here in Seattle but It also makes a marvelous tea. Iliana de la Vega confirms my impression that in Mexico turmeric is used for coloring (competing with annatto and saffron) and that it is used medicinally.I don’t remember ever seeing dried ground turmeric, nor do … Thanks Michael. I have bought fresh tumeric in Ruben’s in McAllen, Texas , Chinese markets in Arlington, Texas and at International Foods in El Paso. Hmm. There is almost always a sweet basil plant in a pot at or near the doorway. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It is usually sold under the same name, azafrán. It is consumed mostly in the cities medicinally and the local name translates into “yellow ginger”. Turmeric (cúrcuma, in Spanish) is always available at most Mexico City supermarkets, as well as at enclosed markets and neighborhood tianguis. It seems as though each city goes through an evolution based on the immigrant population that decide to open restaurants and from the first Pho restaurant back in 1994 near the University of Washington campus to Pho restaurants numbering in the hundreds now around the Seattle area, this is just one example of how Seattle is taking in all that Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. I have never seen ginger in Mexico (but am not at all well traveled there, have only been to coastal resort type areas) but more importantly I had never seen it called for in a Mexican recipe until I came across the recipe for Birria de Res that I am staring at now and that caused me to search online, thus finding your page. My environmental allergy problem is mostly gone. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The vegetable vendors at the Friday tianguis where I shop (Av.