The Essex Street market a few blocks away from our place is one of the best places in the city to get Mexican produce and food supplies. At the end of a shelf of hot sauce, bottles of Mole and preserved cactus I came across this display of Mexico Lindo Ponche. It took great effort not to buy it. I was imagining what it would taste like with a little triple sec and some reposado….maybe a spritz of seltzer. For some season it made me giddy, the idea of punch in a jar. I was ever more surprised by the ingredients, no hard to pronounce chemicals, just fruit, water, cinnamon and sugar and more sugar 😉 I had to look up Hawthorn had no idea what it was, when I typed in Hawthorn Fruit? I got: Mexican Crataegus /krəˈtiːɡəs/, commonly called hawthorn, or thornapple, or hawberry, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. The name “hawthorn” was originally applied to the species native to northern Europe, especially the common hawthorn C. monogyna, and the unmodified name is often so used in Britain and Ireland. However the name is now also applied to the entire genus, and also to the related Asian genus Rhaphiolepis. The name haw applies to the fruit, although originally it was an Old English term for hedge. Basically kind of looks like a quince.I’m having a punch party everyones invited!
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