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Ecuador’s food is health food… compared to food in the US… even Ecuador’s fast food is pretty good.

See how to get five really great Ecuador food recipes below.

Many mistakenly think that Ecuador food is something like Mexican food. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never seen a taco or antijito in Ecuador, although they are available in the big cities in the same chains that are found all over North America.

Ecuadorian food is European if anything but blended nicely with Andean traditions… so it comes out darn healthy.

While in Cotacachi last week we visited with many friends and readers who have moved to Ecuador and heard a similar refrain… “I lost 22 pounds without even trying”. One delegate who has moved to Cotacachi about six months ago reported losing 38 pounds.

We visited our well known international friends, Dan Presher and Suzan Haskins, at their new Cotacachi condo.

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They were both looking so good, I asked their secret.  “We just lost weight without trying” was their reply.

Plus many report that shedding stress helps as well…. along with walking in the fresh mountain air.

Ecuador food is fresh.  On Ecuador’s coast, you can get seafood right from the fishing boats when they come in, like these fresh food shoppers near Bahia.

Boats like this one just outside the hotel where we have our condos are dotted along the coast.

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The fishermen handle the boats through the surf.

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Then they head out to sea!

You can meet the fishermen when they return with shrimp and fish and some langostinos.  The shrimp are large enough that two provided a meal!

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The Humboldt Current creates one of the world’s most productive nutrient-rich waters that rise along the coast. This is a perfect condition for abundant plankton which leads to an eco region that teems with huge schools of small fish like anchovies and sardines.

The cool waters of the Humboldt Current provide a constant supply of food for big fish such as Dorado (coryphaena hippurus – also called dolphinfish), barracuda (sphyraena indiastes), blue and black marlin, yellow-finned and long-finned tuna (thunnus albacares, thunnus alalunga), snook and many other species.

Here I am in San Vicente with dorado just north of Manta and adjoining San Clemente.

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Four world-record Pacific bigeye tuna (similar to yellow fin tuna) catches come from Ecuador ranging in size from 236 pounds  to 375-pounds.

Sea food includes Stripped Marlin, Tuna, Grouper, Wahoo and Corvina (seabass).

Trout is in the rivers and lakes of the Andes like this high country lake . ecuador-trout-site

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Trout grow well in the Andean Highlands above 7,000 feet, with average water and air temperature virtually constant year-round. The trout feed on scuds, leeches, small fish and various bugs.

Even the seafood in the Andes is fresh. Here is the Ibarra fish market were they bring the fish in overnight.

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Prices are really low… mostly about a dollar a pound.

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Plus there is Quinoa, a full protein grain of the Andes. We make our cake and bread gluten free and packed with protein at Meson de las Flores.  Here is one of our chef’s quinoa cakes with a fresh coconut pudding.

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There are no high fat, fast food franchises in the area. This is as close to a fast food as you’ll get in Cotacachi.

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Much better than a Big Mac!…corn roasted on a grill.

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Fruit is vine picked ripe and really cheap… every type… tropical and northern… apples, blackberries, cherries, strawberries and pears.

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The staff at our hotel Inn Land of the Sun serve wonderful, healthy welcome drinks… alfalfa juice with mango and …

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Mango juice with blackberry.

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Our coffee breaks include quinoa puddings…

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Toasted corn.

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This is a favorite and…

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so much healthier than coffee and doughnuts!

This coffee break has fresh fruit… gooseberries and hand made chocolate dipped, coconut balls. even the coconut is fresh and hand shredded.

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I have the staff make us a few extra as they do not last long!

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or do Eduardo’s fresh strawberries dipped in Ecuador chocolate.

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On the subject of chocolate, my favorite desert is this chocolate pancake… yet we lose weight eating here!

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The qunioa welcome cake is our chef’s specialty.

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The hotel’s food is fresh. Here Meson’s manager Franklin Sandoval brings in just picked veggies fresh from the market.

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A typical high protein meal, quinoa, avocado and shrimp.

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Here is a variation on the theme… shrimp… with quinoa and vegetables “al dente” in a carrot sauce.

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Organic Swiss cheese is produced near the hotel.

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This holiday soup is made with 12 grains, fish, egg and avocado.

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Even our butter and…

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ice cream, are hand made from fresh cream and fruit juices by the staff.

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Plus the care that the staff put in the service and the food… catsup is hand made and never delivered in a bottle but in a hollowed out fruit.

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Plus the staff care about giving you beauty like this…

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arrangement of forks.  The staff are always thinking of ways to make your food a bit more delightful.

So of health and better nutrition… you do not need to think Ecuadorian health food… just eating Ecuador food can be enough!

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Gary

Manabi Ecuador Agri Business Expedition

Here is an update on Jean Marie Butterlin’s Manabi Ecuador agriculture/business expedition.

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The Manabi Ecuador Agri Expendition will be in 4 wheel drive SUVs

This is the second farm outlined in our Agri business series. See the first farm at “Agricultural Tour“.

The Manabi Agri Business Expedition will show many farms… small… large… and some that can be divided.

Here are the first three farms (Jean Marie will be sending more) to be seen:

#1: Big Ecuador farm!  Here is a 1,000 acre farm that covers an entire enclosed valley.  550 acres are farmland.

This farm has water and computerized irrigation. 

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Only part has ever been farmed. The soil is very rich.  Last year 14 acres alone produced 25 tons of papayas per week.

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This property has a beautiful hacienda with a little fruit garden that includes 48 species of tress from cashew trees to coconut, citrus mango, etc….

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Cashew.

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Cashew fruit.

This property can be divided into smaller lots, 60 to 100 acres each.   There is a  private 4.5 mile road that runs through the valley. 

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There are also possibilities in the eco-tourism for the part that is hilly where you can see Howler monkeys, many species of birds.

Ideal for growing balsa wood, cashew trees as examples.  Our agri-engineers are thinking outside the box…cashew tree, especially organic, brings one of the highest incomes per acre of all.   Importers in California pay up to $7,000 per ton for dried, organic cashews.   Not many Ecuador farmers know about growing cashews in Manabi where the climate is close to optimal for some of the species. Cashew trees start producing in the 4th year and are good cash flow producing trees as is balsa wood.   Balsa trees take only 4 to 5 years to reach maturity.

There is a big demand for organic produce and we have met recently with US clients who are eager to buy exotic organic fruits from Ecuador.

This valley has easy access to a very good asphalt road and is only 1hour and 30 minutes from the port of Manta.

#2: 250 acres farm in Manabi with year round water, river and very rainy area. This farm is ideal for papaya and mango, with an off season watermelon crop.

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Papaya.

This farm can also be divided in 3 to 5 lots and has a good road and easy access.

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Hacienda.

#3: 90 acre farm close to Canoa with water.  Ideal for cattle or fruits.  This farm can also be divided.

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Farm house front porch.

There is also good opportunity for Biodiesel crops in the dryer areas with pinon or a species of flaxseed. On the Manabi Agri Expedition we include farms best suited for these types of crops.

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The prices for all these properties; range between $800 and $1,500/acre; they are all dividable so no-one needs to take the whole property.         Jean Marie

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