Interesting article by David Karp in the LA Times, Tejocote is no longer forbidden fruit, about the Mexican fruit Tejocote, once the most smuggled fruit in the United States. The fruit is an essential ingredient to Ponche, a hot fruit punch drank during the holiday season in Mexico and Guatemala. Because the pectin rich fruit is a can harbor exotic insects, the fresh fruit has been banned on U.S. soil and an illicit black market has existed. While Mexico has applied for the USDA to lift the ban this year, domestic farmers have begun to produce the fruit.
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