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Gastronomy

GASTRONOMIAThe mixture of the prehispanic food ingredients and the meat brought from Europe gave birth to a pot of flavors and scents and as a result this is one of the most varied and rich cuisines of all Mexico. Among the best known products there is the maguey from where it is extracted: the Pulque, the nectar, the flower or quiote, the eggs of maguey, the leaves to wrap the mixiote meat, the white larvae, the red larvae or chinicuiles. The cacti are used for salads and for its fruits.
Other of the best used products in all its diversity is corn which is used to prepare beverages like atole, tamales, tortillas and many more.
Amongst the most representative dishes is the Tlaxcallan soup made with smashed beans, fried tortillas, Lima bean broth and chopped floating cacti.

pechuga-al-pulqueThe second course best dishes are: chicken Tocatlán wrapped in mixiote with cacti, steamed turkey mole, dark mole with a base of pork meat, grinded corn and chipotle accompanied with anise tamales, green mole with pumpkin seed; Pulque flavored chicken, huazonte cakes, amaranto cakes, epazote mole among others.
The most praised desserts are cottage cheese with sugar honey, muéganos from Santa Ana and the Huamantlaque accompanied with lemon ice cream also treats made with amaranth seeds sweetened with sugar honey.
The quintessential prehispanic beverage is Pulque. It is prepared with fermented maguey mead (juice from the heart of the maguey plant). This drink, also known as octli or neutle was highly celebrated among the ancient cultures developed in the area of Tlaxcala. In the archeological site of Tecoaque were found ritualistic vases called octlecómatl which were used for the consumption of Pulque. The mead is extracted from a plant called mountain maguey or Agave salmiana which needs to grow around 7 years in order to produce Pulque for at least 6 months.

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During Colonial times some Pulque haciendas were established, the most important of them: San Bartolomé del Monte, Santa Teresa Ixtafiayuca, San Antonio Mazapa, San Nicolás El Grande, San Miguel Tepalca, San Cristóbal Zacacalco, San José Zoquiapan, Santiago Ameca and North: Concepción Mazaquiháhuac, El Rosario, San Miguel Mimiahuapan, Santa María Xaloztoc, Santiago Tecomalucan among many others.

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