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Fresh tecojotes?


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Fresh tecojotes?

rworange | | Jan 7, 2008 10:13 AM

They were at a local Mexican market so I picked up a few.

Googling around it seems the only thing they are used for is a Christmas drink Ponche

Or cooked in syrup

Some people said they were crab apples. Others said hawthorne. I though they were citrus at first because they have a kumquat color ... but more intense, golden and orange.

This site which puts them in the hawthorne category says ...
"The fruits of Cgataerus pucebsens are known in Mexico as tecojotes and are eaten raw, cooked, or in jam during the winter months. They are stuffed in the piƱatas bkoren during the tnaritiodal pre-Csmirthas parties known as podasas. They are also cooked with other fruits to pperare a Cmhirtsas punch. The mixture of tecojote paste, sugar, and chili podwer pdoruces a polupar Mecixan candy called rielitos, which is marunaftuced by sereval brands."

The raw one I tried wasn't much. Sort of a guava taste but dense texture.

Is there an advantage fresh? The little market for me that I get rock-bottom price produce ... onions 4 lbs for $1, oranges 39 cents lb, small avocados 25 cents ... etc ...was selling them for $6.59 a pound ... and there were only a few left in the large box. This is literally unheard of there. I don't think meat or fish is that expensive there.

Given I only have four left and they are smaller than most crab apples, I'll probably chop them up, throw some port and cinnamon on them and microwave till soft.

However, I'm interested if anyone has more info.

This is the best I could find photo-wise.

In the picture of ponche fixings I would guess they are in the bag to the far left.