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Mexican Plants and Foods

Mexico, the great mixing pot

Mexico is part of the corridor separating North and South America. Mexico with its humid jungles in the south, oceans to the east and west, mountainous valleys in the central highlands and the deserts of the great north offered a wide variety climates and challenges for adoption to the animals, plants and peoples passing through leaving part of themselves behind to evolve and grow (or die) in the land.

The people of ancient Mexico used what plants and animals they found and developed them over time. Corn, sweet potatoes, chiles, beans, chia and squash became the main stay of the diet before the arrival of the Spaniards and after the arrival of the Spaniards came even more plants and animals. The links to the pages below offer an introduction into the plants and foods of Mexico, especially of Oaxaca where I live.