If you love Mexican food as much as we do you, why not grow your own Mexican Ingredients at home? It’s not as tricky as it sounds and it will save you time and money on visits to the supermarket next time you feel like some Salsa with Totopos for entertaining or some Tacos for a family dinner. The best part is that you don’t have to be a green thumb to grow your own Mexican ingredients at home. Here are a few easy-grow ideas.
Coriander is the most commonly used fresh herb in Mexican cooking. It’s best to grow your coriander from seed or seedling in the cooler months of the year. In the Summer months, try leaving your coriander to go to seed and self-propagate for the following year.
Limes are another popular Mexican ingredient you can grow at home. Their juice is used in salsas, marinades and Margaritas. Try planting a Tahitian Lime tree in your Mexican garden during early Spring or even plant one in a large pot if you don’t have garden space. Tahitian Limes bare fruit from mid Autumn through to mid Winter. The best part is that Tahitian Limes have no seeds and they’re virtually thorn free.
Tomato is used in a wide variety of Mexican cooking. It is a key ingredient in Huevos Rancheros, Pico de Gallo and many Mexican Rice dishes. Try growing tomato plants on a trellis so the fruit are up off the ground. Smaller varieties will grow well in pots. Just use a stake for support and remember to water regularly.
Chillis play a major flavour role in Mexican cuisine. They range in colour from green through to orange, yellow red and even purple. Try planting habanero or jalapeno chilli seedlings in a warm, sunny spot that’s well drained. The plants will produce chillis during the Summer months.
Corn is one of the staple Mexican ingredients. In Mexico, corn is eaten fresh or dried and made into dough for a wide variety of dishes included Tortillas. Corn grows very quickly, which makes it fun for the kids. Sown from seed, corn plants will grow to two metres tall in a sunny spot.
So there are some easy ways to grow your own Mexican Ingredients at home. That should save you time and money. Once you get the hang of it you can try experimenting with many other Mexican ingredients in the garden. Suerte!