Nieve

Mexican ice cream takes many forms, one of which is the nieve (or, sometimes nieve oaxaqueño or one of a dozen other similar names).  Nieve, literally “ice,” is an ultra-smooth — think snow — soft-frozen dessert, served in a variety of fruit flavors, often from a small push cart.  As the cart is chilled by a bath of salted ice, the high-sugar nieves are often sold at just below the freezing point, which means they melt the second you taste them…. and without any cream, the flavors are sweet, bright, and fresh.

Why I left Boston: Lime nieve from a push cart on a warm afternoon.

Why I left Boston: Lime nieve from a push cart on a warm afternoon.

My initial reaction after tasting the lime nieve above, on a warm evening in Puebla, was something along the lines of “this might be one of the best things I’ve ever had.”  Of course, the down side to enjoying food from a push cart is that you can never be sure you’ll find them again.  

For those counting, this is also the only picture of the author on the blog.

 

México, D.F.

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2 Responses

  1. It’s a great picture of you!

  2. My index finger thanks you!

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