I realize I don't share enough about my everyday living here in Nicaragua, so today I want to share about food here in Nicaragua. I cook for myself now, so sadly, I don't experience typical Nicaraguan dishes as often but when I am a satisfied girl.
One of my favorite Nicaraguan foods is a Nacatamale. Similar to the tamales from Mexico, Nacatamales are wrapped in banana plant leaves and contain cooked pork. People usually eat them for breakfast and only as a special treat. A house in my neighborhood sells them directly out of their house. They have a simple hand written sign that says "Hay nacatamles 30 cordobas". I went to my first Nicaraguan wedding in December and before we left they gave each of us a nacatamale. I was informed it was because we were leaving "early" at 11pm and many times wedding receptions last until the morning; therefore, they were going to provide nacatamales for breakfast.
When I lived with Doña Rosa my favorite dish she made were her Nicaraguan tacos. She creates some sort of sauce and cooks a large tortilla in the sauce while placing meat with different seasonings inside the tortilla. She folds the tortilla in half as it becomes hardened. The meat and filling is trapped inside. It's delicioso!
|Next to the taco is what a typcial "ensalada" or salad looks like.|
Another one of my favorite foods here is simply the fresh fruit. Fresh fruit is readily available anywhere throughout the country. Right now it is mango season. :) However, I harldly ever eat apples, grapes, strawberries or berries in general. These fruits are not grown within Nicargaua and as a result are a lot more expensive. It's kind of a privilege of sorts to eat an apple. I just discovered a fruit stand near my work, so I can easily carry my big plastic bags from the market and stock up on fruit each week.
|People sell bowls of fruit, as seen above, on the street. The big orange fruit is papaya. I'd say it's one of the most popular fruits in Nicaragua.|
The most popular beverage in Nicaragua is coffee. I did not drink coffee before living in Nicaragua and now it has become part of my daily living. My supervisor, Dr. Francisco, can not go a day without his coffee and he always brings us special types of coffee. I learned when coffee is grown at a higher altitude it is has a much richer taste, which is why Matagalpa is the busiest area for coffee growth. Each of our land banks also grows coffee plants and it is the largest export for Nicaragua. However, out of the entire world's coffee exportation on 5% is from Nicaragua. I had a very short and glamorous experience picking coffee beans on my friend Jossimar's farm. You look for the matured seeds or the seeds which are red or mostly red, and pick them off with your hand. Most people who work picking coffee during Nov- Jan earn a small pay for every 20lbs they pick. It's hard work for little money.
|You think I have 20lb?|
Dios les bendiga!