Tejocote is a
species of hawthorne sometimes referred to as “Mexican Hawthorne” because this
small tree grows all over Mexico. The tree grows 16 to 30 feet tall, with a
dense crown. The leaves are semi-evergreen,
oval to diamond-shaped, and up to 3 inches long. The flowers are off-white with the fruit being a round to oval shape. They are orange-red pomes 2 centimeters long and 1.5 centimeters in diameter, ripening in late winter only shortly before
the flowers of the following year. Tejocotes have three or sometimes more hard brown seeds in the center. In size and shape, it resembles a crab apple and, like
apples, it is a winter fruit in Mexico. The fruit is eaten in Mexico raw, cooked and also sold canned in syrup. Tejocote is also a main ingredient used
in “ponche”, the traditional Mexican hot fruit punch that is
served at Christmas time and on New Year's Eve, as well as being used on Day of
the Dead where the fruit as well as candy prepared from it are used as
offerings to the dead, and rosaries made of the fruit are part of altar
decorations. The mixture of Tejocote
paste, sugar, and chili powder produces a popular Mexican candy called “rielitos”
for its resemblance to tiny train rails.
You havetowashand cutfruit,then putin a pottoboil along with the Cinnamon, Tamarind,Sugar Caneandbrown sugar. You canaddsugar toyour liking.
Whenfruitsare fullycooked,removefrom heatand it isreadyto serve.