Chopped fruits combined with jicama served in a tall glass and seasoned with vinegar, citrus juice, chopped onion and grated cheese. A winning combination. Chile added to taste. One of the most authentic, popular and exotic gastronomic traditions of Morelia. It has its origin in a dish called pico de gallo (slice of jicama with chili peppers) and its name is taken from the Spanish gazpacho (cold soup).
The Expert view
- Jicama is a very Mexican root, full of nutritional properties, with antioxidants, high fiber content and a lot of potassium.
- Michoacán’s cheeses are some of the most known in the world for their unique texture and body. Cotija cheese has been voted best cheese in international competitions.
- The gaspacho can be enjoyed in many ways. Some ice cream parlors even offer it in the form of a popsicle, a delight that helps cool you down too.
- Chili powder is a great addition to your gaspacho, the most common varieties in these parts are the guajillo, tree and piquín chilies.
- Michoacán is the leading producer of export quality mangoes in the country, so when they’re in season you’re in for a treat.
- How to dress?
To go to a gaspacho joint you shouldn’t worry much by your appearance, you’ll find all walks of life there.
- What to eat?
Although the traditional combination is jicama-pineapple-mango, you can also ask them to add watermelon, cucumber, or lime juice.
Don Vasco sauce is a source in a Morelian pride. It is not very spicy, but its flavor is unmistakable and almost every snack vendor has a bottle handy.
- What to buy?
Perhaps the spicy gaspacho left you with a hot sensation in your mouth… you could try something sweet on the Cerrada de San Augustin like the delicious chocolate and churros to balance out the spices.
- Other tips
Always ask for extra napkins. The spicy orange juice may be a delight, but you could end up with some very sticky hands.
- Bosque Cuauhtémoc: Some of the most famous gaspachos stands are in this beautiful park which once had some of the most expensive cottages of the city. Now it is a public place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature close to the historic center.
- Gaspachos Boulevard. One of the local’s favorite places to buy this emblematic dish. The address is: Boulevard García de León number 1220.
- Calzada de San Agustín: This closed street with colonial airs has a lot to offer, with the very best of Michoacán cuisine, the perfect place to spend the night with a great view of the towers of the center.
- Madero Avenue: On this important avenue you will find all kinds of shops, as well as some famous gaspachos stores if you walk toward the east.
- Calzada Fray Antonio de San Miguel: The ideal place to sit on one of the stone benches and relax among aromatic ash trees and colonial cobblestone streets.