Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Season: Ciruelas



What in the world are the small round green, yellow and red fruit being sold on street corners and fruit stands throughout Riviera Nayarit? They are called Ciruelas and you should try them!

One of the best things about living in Mexico is that I continue to discover new things. Over the past few weeks, I have been noticing several bare trees with small egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. I started asking around and learned that they are ciruelas, or Mexican plums, and they are indeed abundant this season. I have seen green, yellow, red and purple varieties at markets and roadside stands in La Peñita, Rincón de Guayabitos, Sayulita and San Ignacio. 

Ciruelas are bursting with juice. You can eat them like regular plums, skin and all, except for the large hard pit inside. In my opinion, they are less sweet than the plums we get in the US and I would describe the flavor as more like a semi-bitter green grape. Each variety has a slightly different flavor profile ranging from sweet to acidic.

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