Lo siento mucho Pachamama. I am sorry Mother earth. I was exploring the central market of Antigua, looking for new ingredients that I had never cooked with before.
Like pacaya which I saw growing in the potential future home of the SERES center and finca.
At the same finca I also discovered an hoja santa plant. I didn't realise what it was until Gregorio, one of our friends from IMAP called it to my attention.
I use hoja santa in my mole pipian (a recipe I got from a friend from Puebla, Mexico) along with radish leaf, pumpkin seeds and green chiles. All of these ingredients are readily available in Guatemala.
So I found picaya at the market.
And used it in a beet and orange salad.
Another new ingredient, for me, that I found at the market is the Caimito. I tried this once in Maui where it is called star apple fruit. In Vietnam it is called "mother's milk"
It is too late in the season for loroco, but I did get to make pupusas with loroco last time I was in Guatemala.
sisig, then I simmered it in the sauce.
The pink fairy armadillo is endangered. It lives in central Argentina and is the smallest of all armadillo species.
The giant armadillo is a threatened species.
Although I am not sure what species of armadillo I bought, I am pretty sure it was not the giant armadillo or the pink fairy, based on it's size and the fact that giant armadillos habitat regions South of Guatemala and fairy armadillos are only in Argentina.
Pumas and Jaguars also eat armadillos in Guatemala, and apparently so do Catholics in Nicaragua during lent.
But even if the species of Armadillo that I bought is not endangered, some of it's predators are endangered, like the Jaguar. So by eating the armadillo we may be competing with the Jaguar.
I am sorry Pachamama. My ignorance does not make it ok. I will be more conscience of the effects that my eating and cooking habits have on you from now on.
I may follow the route of the armadillo in one of my foodscapes projects. Or maybe the Iguana.