Although I’m not much of a cook, one of my favorite aspects of living in Mexico has been our frequent trips to the Mercado Medellin, a large market in Colonia Roma Sur, about a 15-minute walk from our house. As the name implies, the Mercado Medellin also specializes in South American food products, and outside, there are a number of Colombian restaurants.
Because “going to the mercado” is a functional, practical experience for us, we haven’t taken any photos of it ourselves. But our spate of recent visitors amassed an amazing collection of mercado photos, both of the Medellin, and the mercado in Xochimilco in the south of the city.
Although it’s not difficult to see the invasion of other cultures in Mexico (including Americans like me walking around!), the mercados are a strong throwback to Mexico’s ancient past, when various indigenous cultures would meet at pre-determined locations to trade and sell products.
As a result, we now strongly urge all our visitors to go to at least one, to get a sense of how many Mexicans still obtain their groceries, socialize and retain a strong part of their culture. They can be overwhelming — this is no sanitized experience — but they are breathtaking, too. Along with fresh produce, most mercados have meat/chicken/seafood vendors, lots of dried products, pinatas, cheeses, housewares, and as everywhere, prepared food stalls.
Details: Mercado Medellin, located on Medellin between Coahuila and Campeche. View Map
First, photos by Chrissy:
(Squash blossom flowers)
(Green mole, made with pumpkin seeds)
(Day of the Dead sugar and chocolate skulls)
(Candied yams and pumpkins).
(Corn fungus known as huitlacoche, cactus fruit and garbanzo beans in front of a veggie soup mix)
(Me and a lot of fruit)
Photo by Hugh. More of his photography here.
Photos by Martha
(Trying dried grasshoppers (chapulines))
(The dried, spicy grasshoppers)
(Lime slices fail to make these goat heads appetizing)