reflects the multicultural nature of Guatemala
, in that it involves food that differs in taste depending on the region. Guatemala has 22 departments (or divisions), each of which has very different food varieties. For example Antigua Guatemala
is well known for its candy which makes use of many local ingredients fruits, seeds and nuts along with honey, condensed milk
and other traditional sweeteners. Antigua's candy is very popular when tourists visit the country for the first time, and is a great choice in the search for new and interesting flavors.
Many traditional foods are based on Maya cuisine
and prominently feature corn
as key ingredients. Various dishes may have the same name as a dish from a neighboring country, but may in fact be quite different for example the enchilada
, which are nothing like their Mexican counterparts
There are also foods that it is traditional to eat on certain days of the week - for example, by tradition it is known that on Thursday, the typical food is "paches" which is like a tamale made with a base of potato, and on Saturday it is traditional to eat tamales
. Certain dishes are also associated with special occasions, such as fiambre
for All Saints Day
on November 1 and tamales
which are common around Christmas.
Varieties of Guatemalan Tamales
There are reportedly hundreds of varieties of tamales throughout Guatemala. They key variations are what is in the masa
or dough (corn,... Read More