Dulces Mexicanos

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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Dulces Mexicanos: Olympus E-3, 40mm, 1/20, f/7.1, ISO 200

A candy booth at the outdoor market in Real del Monte, Mexico is filled with traditional mexican dulces. Most of these concoctions for the sweet tooth are also nutritious as they’re made with fruits, nuts, grains and honey. “Alegrias” for example, the round patties stacked in the lower right, are made primarily with amaranth which is a great source of natural calcium, and the chocolate variety contain natural cocoa offering a complementary dose of iron.

“El Real” is 9000 ft (2,700 meters) above sea level, so it is nearly always in the clouds. It has some of the oldest gold and silver mines in Mexico and claims such great achievements as being the “Cuna del Futbol en Mexico”, (The birthplace of Soccer in Mexico) and home to the northern hemisphere’s first labor strike by New Spain’s first miner’s union which ironically was organized by the Spanish Virey who owned the rights to the mines. It has been a mining center for 5 centuries and is still home to many active silver smiths.

Now a popular tourist village, El Real is full of steep streets, and stairways where streets are impossible, and is scattered with intricate English inspired stonework in every nook and cranny. If you visit El Real del Monte, don’t leave without tasting several of the local Pastes which are an adaptation of the cornish Pasties brought over by the English companies that ran the mines for many years.

There’s so much more to say about this little known Mexican town, so please follow this LINK for more information.

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