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.

Art

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)

 

 

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