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NYNM

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Fruit with hot salt Sat, 09/30/06 10:15 PM (permalink)
Here in NM (I'm here for the weekend) they sell shaker salts to use on fruits (and other foods). You can get limon, lemon-lime, lime+chile, etc. Today I went to a store that caters to Mexican immigrants and bought "Pico Piquin" a "hot" seasoning which it says to use on: jicama, mangos, corn & cucumbers. This one comes from Vernon CA, but I also have "Spice of Life" brand (Limon Gold) which comes from Albuquerque. They suggest to put it on fish, salads, chicken, fruits, beer and margaritas.

I have tried similar on melons (good) and today (Pico Piquin) on oranges (very good).

How popular are such products in other parts of US?
 
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    oltheimmer

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    RE: Fruit with hot salt Sat, 09/30/06 10:39 PM (permalink)
    I have seen similar products in several supermarket chains here. I'm not sure of the brand name and have never tried them, but they're very commonly available.
     
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      HollyDolly

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      RE: Fruit with hot salt Mon, 10/2/06 12:45 PM (permalink)
      You can find them in the supermarkets and convience stores all around San Antonio.In fact at the Walmart here in Schertz,they sell Fruit popsicles with the chile flavoring,I think Chamoya flavour and tamarind?.it's the seasoning with the duck as it's logo.
       
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        JT464

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        RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 4:11 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by HollyDolly

        You can find them in the supermarkets and convience stores all around San Antonio.In fact at the Walmart here in Schertz,they sell Fruit popsicles with the chile flavoring,I think Chamoya flavour and tamarind?.it's the seasoning with the duck as it's logo.


        That would be Lucas. It's very popular where I live. My friends and I eat this "hot salt", what we call Lucas or Trechas at least once a day. It's a really popular snack food among a lot of people that live here. It's really good on melon, orange, pineapple, or cucumbers with lime.
         
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          Texianjoe

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          RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 4:52 PM (permalink)
          I like it on coconut. At the farmers market here they sell baggies with chunks of fresh coconut with lime and lucas.

          joe
           
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            MilwFoodlovers

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            RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 6:57 PM (permalink)
            Don't think I could eat my mango's without it. I had it the first time from a cart vendor outside our (Milwaukee's) largest Hispanic grocery. That was years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Here's the brand I also use.

             
            #6
              Michael Stern

              RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 8:26 PM (permalink)
              Pico de Gallo in South Tucson:

               
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                zataar

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                RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 9:54 PM (permalink)
                Many of my line cooks, sous chefs, dishwashers, etc. liked a big bowl filled with chunks of cucumbers, mangos, bananas, avocados and oranges sprinkled with ground chile, sugar, lime juice and salt. It was a very refreshing addition to our family breakfast of carnitas, pico de gallo and tortillas. I sure miss those family meals. We do not have that sort of food where I work now.
                 
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                  IansMom

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                  RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 10:37 PM (permalink)
                  When I was going to college in East LA, there was a guy who would sell fruit and jicama with fresh lime squeezed over it and chili powder, it was soooo good.. I miss that.. I do know that I can get the shakers of the mix here in town in one of the many hispanic stores.. Mmmmmm
                   
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                    Cinnabonbon

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                    RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 10:49 PM (permalink)
                    We use Pico de Gallo on fresh fruit or cucumbers. I just shipped off my care package to my Niece on the USS Eisenhower. This care pack included Pico De Gallo, Lucas and chili cover watermelon suckers among lots of other goodies..
                     
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                      mousec

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                      RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/1/06 11:13 PM (permalink)
                      In the summer the paletaria (?) vendors sell an ice bar that includes fresh fruit, cucumbers and hot salt (such as Lucas). Very refreshing, although it took a bit of getting used to.
                       
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                        Neesie

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                        RE: Fruit with hot salt Fri, 12/8/06 2:33 PM (permalink)
                        This is the first I have heard of these products. Maybe I will see something similar when I go to Mexico next month. I have been looking forward to eating (and drinking!) at new places down there...it will be my first time!
                         
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                          markolenski

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                          RE: Fruit with hot salt Sat, 12/23/06 1:03 PM (permalink)
                          I just came back from San Antonio and the local TV staion did a feature on this company
                          http://www.twang.com/index.php?page=pages/home.html
                          I was able to pick some up and it is good stuff.
                          I have a package you can send to the troops. They donate the product and you pay the postage.
                           
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                            MikeS.

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                            RE: Fruit with hot salt Sun, 12/24/06 12:14 AM (permalink)
                            I've eaten these a few times, most recently back in Oct when I was in calif. and went to tijuana for the day. I had a huge bowl of mixed fruit with a spicy salt sprinkled on it. Really brought out the flavor.

                            MikeS.
                             
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                              NYNM

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                              RE: Fruit with hot salt Sun, 05/27/07 10:48 PM (permalink)
                              Today I was in Albertson's in Santa Fe and saw that now McCormicks'
                              makes a "Chile & Lime Seasoning" that says "Great on fruit and vegetables". McCormick's - how mainstream can you get?

                              PS I'm putting some chile on applesauce - a trick I learned in Santa Fe
                               
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                                naxet76

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                                RE: Fruit with hot salt Sun, 05/27/07 11:41 PM (permalink)
                                oh wow Neesie. Hope you have a fun culinary journey down in Mexico. make sure you try all the mexican candy like leche quemada (burnt milk), etc. you'll see fruit vendors on every corner. I grew up 30 minutes away from the border so I grew up eating fruit cups with spicy seasoning on it. There's a place near my house, among many others, called Las Hermanas that has wonderful fruit cups, raspas (sno cones), corn in a cup, cucumbers marinating in lime juice and salt....I'm definitely treating myself tomorrow!
                                 
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