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How is Tejate made?
Tejate is made with toasted corn, fermented cacao beans, pixtle (toasted and ground mamey pits), and cacao flowers, which are ground into a paste that’s mixed with water and stirred by hand into a smooth mixture. It’s a frothy, nutritious beverage that’s drunk naturally with ice or some added sugar.
What does Tejate taste like?
The taste of tejate is something like a cross between lilac flowers and cocoa, with the texture of a tepid Wendy’s Frosty. Which is to say that it’s delicious, refreshing and surprisingly fortifying. Of all the ways cocoa beans are consumed, this is certainly one of the most traditional.
What is the name of the traditional drink of Oaxaca?
Tejate [teˈxate] is a non-alcoholic maize and cacao beverage traditionally made in Oaxaca, Mexico, originating from pre-Hispanic times.
Who drank Tejate?
It’s still consumed today by Oaxacans of every station in life. Tejate is made exclusively by women, using virtually the same ingredients and methods employed over millennia. It dates to more than 3,000 years ago.
Where can I buy Tejate Oaxaca?
Where to Drink Tejate in Oaxaca
- Flor de Huayapam: Mercado Benito Juarez.
- Tejate Vendor 1, Huayapam: Sold Out of a Woman’s Home.
- Vendor in Mercado 20 de Noviembre.
- Vendors in Most Markets.
Where is Tejate from?
Oaxaca, Mexico A nutritious drink with subtle flavors of chocolate milk, tejate begins with a paste of toasted corn flour, cacao beans, ground-up pits of mamey (a honey-sweet fruit with bright orange flesh), and a white flower known as flor de cacao.
Why is Oaxaca famous?
Widely considered the gastronomic capital of Mexico, Oaxaca is best known for its seven classic varieties of mole, a thick, complex sauce served with meat and rice. Don’t miss tlayudas, Oaxaca’s version of a pizza: an enormous fried tortilla covered in lard, beans, lettuce, avocado, meat and cheese.
Is Tejate sweet?
The bigger the foam, the better the tejate! It’s often served with a sugar water addition to make it subtly sweet. All vendors add a different level of sweetness – feel free to ask for as little or as much as you like. And you can also ask for tejate “sin dulce” (without the sweet syrup), if you prefer it unsweetened.