|Spicy roasted fava beans with chili powder and lemon|
Monday, August 6, 2012
Guadalajara Street Venders and Spicy Fava Beans
As part of our ongoing series on street venders lets turn to Guadalajara, Mexico where I as a graduate student went to study Spanish in order to pass a foreign language translation exam at Syracuse University in the early 1990s. I would return to live in Guadalajara for several months in the summer while in Graduate school to learn Spanish thus I became familiar with the street food scene. Street venders in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, sold candies, nuts, and roasted beans smothered in salt, chili powder, and lime, as snacks. Over time I adapted to the language and the cuisine and developed a craving for hot and spicy flavors that I once could not handle. Overtime roasted spicy habas (fava/lima beans) became my favorite street food. I liken them to southern boiled peanuts or roasted chestnuts that one would buy on the streets of Charleston or New York City. Fava beans came to the Americas from the Mediterranean during the Iberian colonial period. I bought two or three paper or plastic bags full of the crunchy and spicy hot snacks several times a week on city streets. If you have a Latin American owned bodega near you, they will most likely sell them near the bags of plantain chips.
Street Venders Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Street+Venders
Spicy Hot Food Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Spicy+Hot+Food+Series