Guatemalan Basket Food: Bledo

Rudy Giron: Guatemalan gastronomy &emdash; © Guatemalan Basket Food: Bledo by Rudy Giron

Here’s your Spanish word of the day: Bledo or amaranth.

Bledo, chipilín, macuy, iguashte are part of the comidas de canasta, basket foods, or comidas tanatiadas, bunch foods. In other words, you order a tanate, bunch, of chipilín or bledo or whatever is available. Often though, you order more than one tanate to sample different food. Other dishes I have found inside the basket include chojín [radish salad], black beans, hard-boiled eggs, chomín [chow mein]. Most of the basket meals are vegetarian by nature. The topping is invariably a tomato salsa with hint of chile peppers. ¡Buen provecho!

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