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The Origin of Chocolate

Personally, I can’t imagine a world without chocolate, but before Cortez conquered Mexico it did not exist in Europe. In fact, it was centuries later before the confection that we know today came into being. In Mexico, where chocolate originated, it was not a sweet treat, but a bitter tasting beverage, mixed with chile and […]

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‘Huatulco’ or Where the Tree is Worshipped

A colorful series of blooming trees announces the South Pacific Mexican spring. The jacaranda trees bloom with brilliant purple flowers. The primavera trees (Tabebuia) blossom with pink or yellow showy flowers. Bats pollinate the trees. Bees and several species of hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. The shaving brush tree  (bombax ellipticum) blooms early spring with […]

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When Can I See Humpbacks in Huatulco?

Humpback Whale _Megaptera novaeangliae_ Photo_ NOAA Whales can be seen off the coast of Huatulco generally from mid-December through March. The majority of whales that can be observed are humpbacks although blue whales, gray whales and orcas can also more rarely be seen. Humpback Whale _Megaptera novaeangliae_ Credit_ Danielle Cholewiak_ NOAA NEFSC The humpback is […]

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Corn: Mexico’s Gift to the World and New Possibilities for this Ancient Grain

Although I have written several articles about corn A (Zea mays), for The Eye, this one focuses on an outstanding new discovery that may truly revolutionize the agriculture “industry”? and associated production of this grain worldwide. A Short History of Corn First a little background. I have been fascinated with the history of this plant […]

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Mexico: #1 in Avocados

Mexico is first in the world for avocado production. It is hugely important to the Mexican economy. Its production represents 45.95% of the world’s international export market according to the Agriculture Secretariat (SAGARPA: La Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación). Exporting Avocados The Mexican avocado is one of the country’s most successful […]

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Top Spiritual Journeys in Mexico

Tepoztlán, Morelos According to legend, Tepoztlán is the birthplace of the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl. This is the place where he underwent his inner transformation. He began his journey to fully realize his potential as a great teacher.  Here, Quetzalcoatl received ancient energy to help him on his transformative quest. Today visitors still feel this […]

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