In yesterday's installment of Name That Food, I asked if anyone could identify this mystery food...
Like many of you, I thought it was some kind of cheese. But it is not. It's a typical Mexican candy called Mezquitamal, made by the Huicholes in Chimaltitan, Jalisco.
Mezquitamal is a paste made from ground up Mezquite seeds. I am not a fan of eating raw or dried Mezquites, so I was a little hesitant to try this dulce tipico. But dedicated blogger that I am, I finally worked up enough courage this morning to taste it.
When you cut into the Mezquitamal, it looks a little like a Queso Fresco, but the texture is kind of dry and crumbly, very much like a mazapan (Mexican marzipan). The taste is pretty strong. That's why it's traditionally served in small portions with a steaming mug of Atole. The more I tried the Mezquitamal and really took the time to savor the flavor, the more I liked it. To me it tasted like a strong herbal tea. And it left me with this fresh and pleasant aftertaste. Not what I expected at all.
I think I'm going to go have another slice.