The warmer Spring weather brings unique and exciting new produce to our local Mexican markets. Right now, you can find green beans, strawberries, peaches and nectarines, as well as a variety of melons including watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
A few days ago while I was walking through downtown Guayabitos, I noticed vendors pushing wheelbarrows filled to the brim with Guamúchil (gwa-moo-cheel). These green and pink twisted-looking pods contain a pulpy white fruit and grow on trees with the same name. Guamúchil Trees grow throughout Mexico and are only harvested during a few short weeks in May. When ripe, the pods begin to burst open. To eat them, you remove the sweet tasting fruit from the pod, chew it, and spit out the large black seed inside.
Many of the locals I spoke with explained that the fruit is very fibrous so it serves as a natural digestion aid, but if consumed in large quantities it can cause bloating and diarrhea. I was also told that the bark can be made into a tea to relieve pain and stomach inflammation.
Try it while you can, as it will only be in season for another week or so.
By Allyson Williams
JaltembaBayLife.com, a community website for Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita, and Los Ayala in beautiful Riviera Nayarit, Mexico