Guatemalan Fair: The Seeds Stall

Peanuts and Seeds Guatemalan Fair Stand

I don’t know if you have noticed this, but seeds are very popular in Guatemala. If you recall the entries Name the seeds! or Guatemalan sweets; so it is obvious that seeds had to present in a fair booth. Okay, what do we have here? Peanuts in their shell, Guatemalan pumpkin in melcocha syrup, sesame seeds with melcocha, salty fried or roasted habas (broad beans); that’s as far as I can distinguish. Read the entry on Guatemalan sweets if you want to know what is melcocha.

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  • Claudia

    Que ricas las habas. . . I loved them fried! My parents are actually visiting Guate now so perhaps I’ll make a request . . .

  • Wendy

    Do you know what my favorite thing is in the markets of Guatemala? The beautiful aprons worn by the women merchants. They are so functional with their many, many pockets; and so fancy with their lace and ruffles.
    I have tried to find out where they are buying them many times because I have never seen them for sale. Maybe they are handmade?
    It is embarassing to ask about them because the women always look at me like I am crazy, “you like this old thing?”.
    But these aprons are truly exceptional. Maybe you can catch some photos of them? Thanks for all the work you do.

  • I’m hungry! These seeds are addicting. Informative as always, Rudy. Gracias! Ciao!

  • seeds are the future…!
    another brilliant lively shot.

    Planet Earth Daily Photo.

  • Ale

    ¡Extraño las ferias!!! The food stalls in Antigua are my first stop every time I go home for a visit. Food stalls in the Congo aren’t as varied, and the only nuts for sale are grilled peanuts. I even don’t know how to explain “pepitoria” to my friends here…what? you eat your mangoes how?

    Love the daily pics, I follow them through my Google Guate alert.

    Wendy, I think delantales are made by “specialists” in different villages in the highlands. I know some seamstresses that specialize in aprons. Styles vary according to region. I think some of the fanciest are made in Totonicapán.

  • The seeds in the market are appallingly handled-unsanitarily to say the least,vectoring bad stuff into your mouth.


  • Wendy

    Hey Ale, thanks for the info! Much appreciated.

  • Claudia

    I think I see semilla de marañon (cashews) . . .

  • Claudia, you make your order now, we accept credit cards, travelers cheques, alcancias (piggy banks), et-cetera, but we can not guarantee orders to the U.S. since they have strict policies regarding items onboard airplanes. So, maybe your habas do not make through.

    Wendy, I believe you can also purchase delantales in the mercado and the mercado de artesanías nowadays.

    ColtraneLives, all kinds of seeds indeed.

    Pedp, we should send the Guatemalan seeds to the bank of seeds in Sweden/Norway; just in case.

    Ale, you don’t have to go as far as El Congo to get those whats?, even in some parts of Mexico you may find difficult to explain why you take grounded pumpkin seeds and put them on your green mangoes. 😉 Thanks for the tip on the delantales.

    Carlisle, actually I would say the same thing about all the street vendors. ¡Ojo!

    Claudia, yes there are semillas de jocote marañón in there.