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Morelos, located in the central-southern region of Mexico, is the country’s second smallest state. Most of Morelos enjoys a warm climate year-round, which makes it ideal for sugar cane production and other crops such as corn, beans, bananas and many other fruit and vegetable varieties. Today, the food of Morelos still includes a variety of traditional foods and recipes that formed part of the pre-Hispanic palette as well as some not for the faint hearted!
The food of Morelos
Pozole is a type of soup or stew that hails from Morelos. It is made from hominy, meat (often pork) and can include fresh ingredients such as cabbage chilli, onion, garlic, radish, avocado, salsa and lime.
Jumiles are small stink bugs you can buy in the markets. They can be roasted, fried, ground, or eaten raw. They can also be mashed in a stone mortar and pestle and added to a salsa of fresh tomato, chilli and onion for eating with corn tortillas.
The state capital of Morelos is Cuernavaca which has its own taco recipe called Tacos Acorazados. The recipe features thick tortillas with rice cooked in tomato and a choice of meats. It’s traditionally a breakfast dish.
Huauzontle is a traditional crop commonly grown in Morelos and the central parts of Mexico. The leaves, branches, flowers and seeds are all edible. In many local restaurants you will find a recipe of huauzontle branches bunched together and tied around a hunk of salty cheese, covered in beaten egg and fried then simmered in a spicy tomato sauce.
Sopa de Nopalitos con Huevo
This healthy soup recipe includes sliced cactus, chicken stock, chili, tomato, onion herbs and garlic and is finished with an egg poached in the soup.
Drinks of Morelos
Pulque is a traditional and mildly intoxicating drink made by fermenting the sap of the maguey agave. The drink was once considered sacred and its use was limited to certain classes of people.
Chumiate is an infusion of loquat fruit with aromatic herbs such as chamomile, anise or lemon tea leaves. It is typically consumed at home for festivities and rituals.