dusk near Cuernavaca

dusk near Cuernavaca

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Oaxaca's Benito Juárez Market

This morning we spent over two hours exploring Oaxaca's principal downtown market.  The Benito Juárez Market is housed in a cavernous old building a short distance from the Zócalo, the town square.  Like any Mexican market there are countless stalls selling everyday needs... clothing, shoes, household goods, produce, meats.

There were many food items which to us seem exotic or even repulsive.

 The basket is filled to the brim with "chapulines"... grasshoppers...
a delicacy in Oaxaca.

This stall sells "vísceras"... animal body parts such as
tripe, tongue and brains.

Salt mixed with ground "maguey" worms

The pastes which are used to make Oaxaca's "mole" sauces

A wide variety of chile peppers
Oaxaca has more different varieties of chile peppers than any other place on earth.

In addition to all the goods that a Oaxacan shopper might need, there are quite a few stalls which cater to tourists with a wide range of handicrafts.

 This stall offered beautiful traditional attire from the different regions of the state of Oaxaca.

This lady was weaving very attractive baskets.

The market provides insights into the culture, crafts and gastronomy of Oaxaca, and is a "must-see" sight for visitors to the city.

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