Understanding Mexico’s seasonal produce

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a neat little pamphlet put out by SAGARPA, Mexico’s agriculture ministry. Transparency around food isn’t exactly common here, so I was surprised to see a neat, organized chart listing the seasonal availability of some of Mexico’s most popular ingredients.

I checked out the accompanying website when I got home, and it’s worth visiting if you’re curious about Mexican ingredients and their benefits. The page, México Produce, offers seasonal calendars for common Mexican fruit, vegetables and seafood, and it gives nutritional facts about each item. It’s in Spanish, but if you don’t speak Spanish maybe Google Translate could help.

Here’s one of the charts I found so useful:

Happy market shopping!

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8 Responses to “Understanding Mexico’s seasonal produce”
  1. Marie

    Ah! Thank you so much for this link. We’ve been making our own graphs based on help from different vendors but this is much better than what we’ve come up with. :)

  2. Platanos, Mangoes & Me!

    Gives me the idea to see if we have something like this.
    Will investigate. Espero que estes bien….saludos!

  3. Nancy

    I have been wanting something like this for ages! Thanks so much!

  4. Janice

    This is very helpful. Thanks for posting this for us.

  5. Monica @ Soirees & Such

    Finally! I’ve been looking for something like this. And you are right about the food transparency issue here.

  6. Leslie

    pretty neat chart…I never liked chayote growing up ;)

  7. Jill

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I had been thinking about making a chart like this myself, but had no idea where to begin, beyond my own observations and interrogating my verdulero.

    By the way, I though about you and Eat Mexico awhile ago when I went on an educational tour through Xochimilco with De La Chinampa They sponsor community-supported organic agriculture in Xochimilco. Given your love of good food and Mexico City, I thought you’d be interested in them! http://www.delachinampa.mx

    • Lesley

      Thanks Jill. I’ve heard of De La Chinampa, but I haven’t gone on a tour with them. I thought you need a group of 12 people? Did you have to round up your own group, or did you join an existing one?

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