Chili lime grasshoppers at Oaxaca Market

Chili lime grasshoppers at Oaxaca Market

The produce from the pueblos at Oaxaca market is a sensory overload of infinite variety and colour: hessian sacks heaped with refined spice and dried chili, homespun textiles and clothing, woven baskets and devotional trinkets, all jostle for commercial attention under a patchwork of tin, canvas and plastic sheeting. There’s a king’s banquet of local cuisine too, from the unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables in the original home of agriculture, to the delectable preparations of hot tomales and chilli lime grasshoppers; on entering the market you’ll be drawn to the old women competing for your business and tastebuds, but sample a few of the crunchy, flavour-laden fried grasshoppers from any of the stores, and you might be less taken with culinary nuance and more with a refreshing sip of atole after, the local beverage made from corn.

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