Recently it has been on the news that Mexico is supposed to be the second fattest country in the world. ¡Qué lastima! When we first came to Mexico twenty five years ago, it was extremely hard to find a chubby person, let alone someone fat. Fruit stands were everywhere, and a favorite treat was cubes of fruit with chile powder sprinkled on it. Drinks that refreshed were aguas, kind of like our -ades. Unfortunately, in urban and semi-urban and even into rural areas, sodas and junk food have replaced a lot of this fruit as beverages and snack food. People learned well the dangers of unboiled or untreated water, but unfortunately, instead of replacing the bad water with good, they have often replaced the bad with sodas. Soda is, in fact, often cheaper than bottled water and may be cheaper than boiling water. As I've said before I HATE the Coca Cola Company and similar outfits. They not only have contributed to weight gain, diabetes and tooth rot (most Mexicans have had rotten teeth pulled by the time they are eighteen) Coke also buys land with fresh spring water on it and keeps it for themselves...for bottling and for soda.
Anyway, there is still plenty of fruit in markets and supermarkets and people still do make aguas de fruta. Aguas are the normal beverage offered at comidas corridas -- meals of the day in local restaurants. They are delicios and thirst-quenching AND good for you. Often no sweetening is needed at all. Here is a recipe for agua de Guayaba -- guava-ade. I think you can figure it out, but just in case you can't, it's translated below.
RECETA DE AGUA DE GUAYABA
Enviada por: Anónimo
9 tazas de agua purificada o hervida
8 guayabas limpias
Miel o azúcar (al gusto)
Pelar las guayabas y partirlas en pedazos. Licuarlas con el agua y añadir la miel o el azúcar si necesario. Servir fría o con hielos.
NOTA: Se pueden sustituir las guayabas por cualquier otra fruta.
Sent in by Anonymous
9 cups of purified or boiled water
8 clean guavas*
honey or sugar to taste
1. Peel the guavas and cut in pieces.
2. Put them in the blender with the water and add honey or sugar if necessary. Blend till smooth.
3. Srve cold or with ice.
Note: you can substitute any other fruit for the guavas.
*Here people wash their fruit carefully. Unlike folks in the U.S. they don't expect that it will be sterile when they buy it. They just expect it to be delicious!