This story is over 5 years old.

MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca - Part 4

Daniel meets Palo, a local Oaxacan muxe (Mexico's third gender), who shows him traditional food like iguana stew, turtle eggs, and armadillo.

In Episode four of MUNCHIES Guide to Oaxaca, host Daniel Hernández heads to Juchitán, Oaxaca, on the Isthmus region of southeastern Mexico. People speak the Zapotec language in Juchitán and enjoy foods—such as iguana, armadillo, and turtle eggs—that are unique to the region. These dishes are prized as customs that locals say go back to before the arrival of the Europeans, even though they involve federally protected species in Mexico. Daniel's guide in Juchitán is Palo, a skilled local cook and muxe (pronounced MOO-sheh). Muxes are a special social group considered a "third gender" in Oaxaca's isthmus.

Subscribe for more MUNCHIES here.

Season 1 Episode 4 of The MUNCHIES Guide To…. Watch more