Posted on Oct 22, 2018 |
On November 1st, Guatemala celebrates All Saints’ Day, a very traditional and colorful festivity in Guatemala, on this day the Giant Kites event takes place in Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepequez (click here to learn more about this date) and families and close friends get together to enjoy delicious national dishes, the Sweet Pumpkin (Dulce de Ayote) is one of them.
A very important part of this national festivity is ‘El Fiambre’ (learn about here) and many delicious desserts unique to Guatemala. A very popular one is ‘El Dulce de Ayote’ or ‘Ayote en Dulce’ (Sweet Pumpkin). This dessert is part of the typical gastronomic wealth of Guatemala. An ancient recipe of long tradition in the families of this country. The recipe is simple and the ingredients are not many, so we will share how to prepare it yourself.
Just so you know, the ‘ayote’ fruit is originally from Latin America territories and there are two kinds, yellow or black, it is a ground creeping plant. It is also known as the pumpkin in Guatemala, but it is not the same as the Pumpkin fruit know in North America or Europe. The Both, Ayote Negro and Ayote Amarillo taste the same, but the Ayote Negro (Black Pumpkin) is a little bit stronger.