La Merced Market in Mexico City

La Merced Market is where you can buy anything you want in the way of food and cookware.

“¿Dónde hay metates?” I asked.

“¿Tomates?”, a vendor asked back. Roma tomatoes at Santa Barbara Market“¿Aguacates?”, asked another. Avocados at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityOne vendor sang a little song, “Metate, tomate, aguacate”. I was looking for some kitchen essentials best found in Mexico: a lime-squeezer and what I thought was a ‘metate’ but turned out to be a molcajete. “¡Metate, tomate, aguacate, molcajete!

molcajete, a traditional mortar and pestle made from coarse volcanic rock

Molcajete, a traditional mortar and pestle made from coarse volcanic rock bought in La Merced market in Mexico City.

One metro line has a station that opens directly into the massive La Merced market.Metro Line to the huge Merced Market in Mexico CitySuch an abundance of habaneros and tomatillos!Habaneros and tomatillos for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityNopal (cactus paddle) peelers strip off the spines. These are cooked, cut into strips (rajas) and added to soups, stews and moles. How to prepare them: Bistec con nopales, chorizo y frijoles.Nopales (defanged cactus paddles) for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityNo tocar el Chayote, a fuzzy squash, cooked up and served everywhere in cups as a snack.Chayote (a type of squash) for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityLo mejor ajo – the best garlic.Garlic for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityMexican limes, called ‘limones’ in Mexico because they are actually green lemons. (Limes are ‘limas’.) Limes for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityMole ‘mixes’ – just add your favourite broth!Mole mixes for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityGreen chiles, lo mejor y de temporada, ‘the best and in season’.Green chiles for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityYellow corn-fed chicken feet for sale.Corn-fed chicken feet for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityChicken bits and pieces.Sign in La Merced Market in Mexico CityZapote, a popular tropical fruit. Zapote for sale at the huge Merced Market in Mexico CityThis market is busiest on the weekend; try visiting it during the week.

More of Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Groceries.

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6 responses to “La Merced Market in Mexico City

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  2. We spend a lot of time in Mexico and the markets are the best. When I smell a lime I am back in Mexico.

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