Ecuadorian food

Naranjilla, a Strange Exotic, Somewhat Dangerous Fruit

Naranjilla, a Strange Exotic, Somewhat Dangerous Fruit

Naranjilla, means “little orange,” in Ecuador.  It’s a flowering, fruiting shrub–both beautiful and eerily other-worldly because of  its unusual appearance.  The white, 5-petaled flowers are smooth and white on top and covered with thick, pulpy, purple fuzz on the underside.  The centers have a yellow stamen. A new leaf unfurls […]

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

A love of food, the beach and a birthday brought us to Mompiche… One of the last idyllic and untouched beaches in Ecuador, Mompiche was a wonderful surprise birthday treat. My boyfriend Simon was recommended Cabañas Iruña by our Ecuadorian neighbor – simple, secluded, right on the beach and the caretaker […]

Saturday in Sangolqui for Ecuador Food

Saturday in Sangolqui for Ecuador Food

Sangolqui is a town famous for its daily open market (mercado abierto) and food. People from Quito make their way every weekend for delicious eats, and the locals  think of their city as a colorful and magical place. Located in Valle de los Chillos, Sangolqui has a population of about […]

Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

The three sisters had been waiting patiently for the weather to warm up.  In Iroquois tradition, they are known as De-o-ha-ko, Our Sustainers.  Now that it’s May in California it’s time for these three green ladies–corn, beans and squash— to leave their little plastic pots and be rooted in our […]

by May 13, 2013 Comments are Disabled About Ecuador, Ecuador gardening, Ecuadorian food, Self-Sustainability in Ecuador
An Environmentalist’s Message to Grandmothers about GMOs

An Environmentalist’s Message to Grandmothers about GMOs

I have to say that all this talk about a possible GMO invasion of Ecuador with President Correa’s blessing makes me very nervous.  Instead of just making sure my food is organic instead of chemical-laced, I may have to worry about what genetically modified oddities might be lurking inside my […]