Querétaro Hñahñu Farmers and Pickers


Indigenous People(s): Hñahñu
Country: Mexico
Product(s): Nopal cactus, Maguey (agave), Corn, Beans, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tantarrias, Quiote, Xoconostle (nopal fruit), Mole sauces, chili peppers, stews and sweets
Description: The community is made up of 25 indigenous Hñahñu producers, members of the La Canoa cooperative, based in the municipality of Ezequiel Montes in the state of Querétaro. The cooperative was founded to protect and promote Otomí-Chichimeca traditions and cuisine, traditionally based on foraged foods. The Hñahñu arrived in this region several centuries ago, having emigrated from the mountainous zone of Tecozautla. They settled in an area called Canoa or Motsa (which in Hñahñu means the place where the herd drinks water), near a freshwater spring where people and animals could quench their thirst. The production area is semidesert, which imposes limits on the sowing and harvesting of nopal cactus, maguey (agave), corn, beans, potatoes, tomatoes and chili peppers. As a result the community farmers also forage for foods growing wild in nature, like tantarrias (parasitic insects from the mesquite tree), maguey and nopal worms, garambullo cactus flowers, quiote (maguey heart) and xoconostle (nopal fruit), which they use to prepare mole sauces, stews and sweets, shared during the community's feasts and rituals.
Text by Slow Food Internationals Baluarte Initiative.
Number of producers: 0 aprox.
Contact: Hector Latapi Lopez
Email: lacocinaqueretana@gmail.com
Telephone: +52 4422151560

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