In parts of Latin America, fruit seasonings have been used to spice up fruits, vegetables, and drinks for generations. Fruit seasonings add complementary flavors that can add more dimension to food. Sour, spicy, and salty flavors can enhance the fruit's natural sweetness and also make it more interesting to the palate.
Baby Lucas Candy
Baby Lucas is a Mexican candy that comes in packages shaped like baby bottles. It's available in chamoy (pickled fruit), mango, and spicy orange flavors, mixing sweet and sour tastes. However, the flavor is mild enough that the fruit can be eaten by itself.
The packaging for Pico Sitos features sweet fruits making sour faces, but the taste of Pico Sitos doesn't limit itself to just two flavors: the sugar, citric acid, salt, and chili powder in it pack a punch that is sweet, sour, salty, and spicy all at once. It is recommended as an additive to micheladas, which are beer cocktails containing tomato juice.
Tajin Fruit Seasoning
Tajin is different from other fruit seasonings in that it lets the fruit itself provide the sweetness while bringing salt and spicy in the mix. The powder consists of salt, ground chili peppers, and dehydrated lime juice, and because it's not sugary, it can be used on vegetables and pizza. In 2010, the New Zealand-based fruit company ZESPRI joined forces with the Mexico-based Tajin brand in order to educate Hispanic Americans about the nutritional value of kiwi fruit and to entice them to try their familiar seasoning on a not-so-familiar fruit.
Pica Limon and Limon 7
Pica Limon and Limon 7 are manufactured by the same company, Dulces Anahuac. There is only one difference between the two: Pica Limon combines the flavors of lemon and lime with those of salt and chili pepper, while Limon 7 features all of those flavors except for the chili pepper. Like Pico Sitos, both are recommended as a seasoning for beer and for micheladas.
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