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Tue Jun 16, 2020, 10:00 AM

A puzzling Penzey's spice blend: Pico Fruta

It's for "watermelon, pineapple, mangos...cucumbers or cabbage slaw." I opened the little sample bag and sprinkled it on watermelon. Puke. It's too early in the morning for this mistake.

In my childhood we put salt on watermelon. Nowadays I just eat it plain but don't mind salt. Pico Fruta has: chili pepper, sugar, lemon peel, citric acid, and cilantro.

I love Penzey's and will continue to support, but this spice blend might be better recommended for...fish? I'm going to use it on salmon.

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Reply A puzzling Penzey's spice blend: Pico Fruta (Original post)
Croney Jun 16 OP
mercuryblues Jun 16 #1
tanyev Jun 16 #2
The Polack MSgt Jun 16 #3
Croney Jun 16 #6
tanyev Jun 16 #7
Wawannabe Jun 17 #8
Kali Jun 16 #4
Wawannabe Jun 17 #9
Jirel Jun 16 #5

Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 10:05 AM

1. I have that

it's ok on melons. I'm glad it bought a small one.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 10:07 AM

2. Probably their version of Tajin, a very popular Mexican seasoning for fruit.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 10:24 AM

3. I was about to say the same thing.

Tajin is the main flavor for the crusted grilled chicken I make just about every weekend - and that blend sounds very similar.

A couple other mixes I use (to completely flummox my midwestern "Miracle Whip is kinda spicy" neighbors) are both from Badia: Saison Completa and Saison Tropical. Both have strong but pleasant flavor and a citrus-y tang, but neither one are very chili forward so you can get a nice tropical flavor but control the heat level better.

I used to use mainly Mexican spices and too often the dish would get out of balance since most mexican spice blends include chili powder.

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 12:40 PM

6. I think it would be great on grilled chicken!

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 05:47 PM

7. I've tried Tajin on fruit, but it seems like overkill to me.

Sometimes I like a little salt on a melon, but if the fruit is perfectly ripe and delicious, why add anything?

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 10:17 PM

8. The Michelada!

Tajin crusted rim. Beer. And... it changes

https://jeffreymorgenthaler.com/michelada/

I prefer Dimitries and very little tomato juice - with the Tajin crust, please! Lotsa lime, too!!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 11:31 AM

4. very popular in my area, northern Mexico

when my kids were small all the kids would carry little bottles of similar (Lucas, I think) and eat it plain (like we did to koolaid when I was a kid), now they like Tajin on everything.

In Mexico when you get chips or snacks like them at public events like a rodeo, you always get lime and hot sauce - popcorn doesn't get butter it gets lime and chile, same at fresh fruit stands.

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Response to Kali (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 10:19 PM

9. Mmmmmmm

Maybe should move south...
My palette!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 11:33 AM

5. I believe you live in the north...

This is standard fruit spice you see all over border states, brought from Mexico.

Hereís an article on how itís eaten in popular snacks.
https://www.isabeleats.com/mexican-fruit-cups/

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