CDMX: Marigolds for the Dead

November 1. Day of the Dead in Mexico City. We are in Mercado Jamaica, in the Venustiano Carranza neighbourhood, about 5 kilometres southeast of our hotel. It is here, in this bustling flower and food market, that families come to buy marigolds with the hope that their vivid colour and floral scent will guide their dead ancestors to altars (ofrendas) they will set up this evening.

Our guide for the next few hours is Ariane Ruiz from Eat Mexico tour company. Her knowledge is invaluable, helping our small group of anglophones comprehend the Mexican concept of death and the role of ofrendas on Dia de Muertos. Of no less importance, she guides us in an  exploration of street food found in and around the market.

I will let the pictures do the talking as we navigate the aisles of Mercado Jamaica.

 

A beauty salon's streetside ofrenda
A beauty salon’s streetside ofrenda
Taste of the street.
A taste of the street.
El Huarache de Jamaica
Preparing huaraches at El Huarache de Jamaica. An oblong base of masa dough and pinto bean paste is fried and topped with meats, cheeses, eggs.
Piloncill (brown cane sugar cones).
Piloncill (brown cane sugar cones).
Squash
Squash
Build-your-own-ofrenda.
Build-your-own-ofrenda.
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Art
Tasty chapulines (grasshoppers) finished with lime and salt.
Tasty chapulines (grasshoppers) finished with lime and salt.
Candied figs
Candied figs
Candied fruit and sweet potato
Candied fruit and sweet potato
Vegetable stand
Vegetable market
Choice of meat at a taco stand
Choice of meat at a taco stand
My taco with morongo (blood sausage)
My taco with morongo (blood sausage)
Taco stand
Taco stand
Nopales stand
Nopales (cactus pads)
Fresh chicharrones (fried pork rind)
Fresh chicharrones (fried pork rind)
Sawing squash
Sawing squash
Marigolds
Marigolds for Dia de Muerto
Marigold petals to spread on an ofrenda
Marigold petals to spread on an ofrenda
Unloading
Unloading marigolds
Off to the ofrenda
Off to the ofrenda
Ofrenda at the Mercado Jamaica
Ofrenda at the Mercado Jamaica
Ofrenda at the Mercado Jamaica
Ofrenda at the Mercado Jamaica
Saffron-toned poultry
Saffron-toned poultry
Huitlacoche (edible corn fungus)
Huitlacoche (edible corn fungus)
Scraping nopales
Scraping nopales
Mole, both dry powder and pre-mixed with oil
Mole, sold as a dry powder or pre-mixed with oil
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Preparing a chicken stew
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There are over 1,000 stands selling flowers in Mercado Jamaica
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Inside the flower market
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Choosing a bouquet
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Elote (boiled or grilled cob of corn with mayonnaise, cotija cheese and chili pepper)
Esquites (corn salad) at far left
Esquites (corn salad) at far left
Grilled corn
Grilled corn
Pan de Muerto (sweet Day of the Dead bread)
Pan de Muerto (sweet Day of the Dead bread)
Our guide, Ariane Ruiz, outside a pulqueria.
Our guide, Ariane Ruiz, outside a pulqueria.
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A final toast of pulque (an alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap of agave cactus)

 

 

3 thoughts on “CDMX: Marigolds for the Dead

  1. Mike November 22, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    That looks like an amazing tour. Is that food also on the menu at Taco Bell!
    😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • David Firman November 22, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      If only. There is a Taco Bell about a five minute walk from home, here in Winnipeg but I have yet to cross its threshold.

      Like

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