What is a tejocote


Tejocotes are actually the fruit of the Hawthorne tree.  It is native to the mountains of Mexico and parts of Guatemala, the fruit of this tree is one of the most useful among Hawthorns. They look a bit like a crab apple, they are between 1 1/2" to 2" in diameter, but their sweet-sour flavor is unique. They have a beautiful color ranging from orange to golden yellow and a distinctive flavor-somewhere between a plum and an apricot.  The fruit is eaten in Mexico cooked, raw or canned. The Tejocotes are an indispensable ingredient in Ponche.