By Karen Ocampo
Here in San Miguel you may find yourself having a peaceful evening and be suddenly, abruptly interrupted by the sound of a whistle that produces goosebumps, or that awakens a voracious appetite. This whistle announces the arrival of the camote seller. Camote, or tuber candy, is a sweet potato mixed with sugar and essences and wrapped in waxed paper. It is originally from the state of Puebla and is considered property of the state.
During this season in San Miguel, besides of making whistles, we have fresh pumpkin and sweet potato in the corridors of each market. Many of these candies are made with jam, cream, brown sugar, and/or condensed milk. But everyone has a special touch or secret, so don’t be surprised if you see something totally different.
At this time, you can get these delicacies at some restaurants, but the best ones by far are those you can find at Ramírez and San Juan de Dios markets.