Cool Things to Buy in the Markets of Jungle Mexico

“Los extranjeros no compran nada,” said the lady selling leafy things – spinach, mint, and chaya. I’ve only seen chaya in the Yucatan. They make a good green drink out of it. It was nice to buy chaya and drink it while lost in Meridá‘s big market.

She said, “Foreigners don’t buy anything.” But she must have been looking at my friends because I had a big styrofoam cup of chaya in one hand and a stretched out plastic bag in the other, full of the stuff you see in the photos below.

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There’s coffee, cacao seeds (the rawest chocolate), pittahyas (dragon fruit in English), rambutans, guayas, papayas, yucca bread, tamales, candy, medicine, ashiote (Yucatán marinade), salbutes, relleno negro, chaya drinks, cheese, honey, and tacos de pastor.

I took these pictures in the summer of 2012 in the Yucatán (Meridá and Valladolid) and Chiapas (Palenque and San Cristobal). There might also be a shot or two from Guatemala.


About Ted Campbell

U.S./Canadian writer, translator and professor in Mexico. Travel stories and practical tips on my blog No Hay Bronca: // Twitter: @NoHayBroncaBlog // Contact: nohaybroncablog (at)

Posted on August 5, 2012, in Food, Mexico, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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