Typical Veggie Stand in the Antigua Guatemala Villages

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Typical Veggie Stand

These are the vegetables more often eaten my Guatemalans. The green leaves next to the woman are a Guatemalan’s favorite: Macuy, quilete or yerba mora are the most commons names for it. Hierba mora is often prepared in a soup, but just as often it’s steamed or boiled and put inside hot tortillas along with requesón (ricotta cheese) or fresh Guatemalan cheese or queso fresco.

What other interesting vegetables you in the picture that you don’t recognize?

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  • NYChapin

    We’ve had raw vegetable and fruit stands in Guate since forever.
    What did the Spaniards eat first when they bumped into the Americas?

    • I believe that Colón and company had barbacoa, meat cooked barbacoa style first. Ask me about this BBQ/barbacoa story next time we see each other.

  • Erick!

    I remember my grandpa used to love this so-called “caldo de macuy”. At the time (I was a child), I couldn’t think of anything else that could possibly taste worse; it was just so bitter. And of course, if he liked it and ate, it meant that we also had to like it and eat it. I wonder how popular these kind of caldos are in Guate nowadays? Definitely an acquired taste, in my opinion.