My friend Ed Cooper is a financial consultant. I was hoping for a hot stock tip for Christmas, but instead he gave me Mexican fruits. Ed grew up in Brownsville eating these Conserva Valdez conserves. They are fairly unusual-looking, but quite good. The orange conserves contain big pieces of orange peel that have been cooked down in honey.
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On toast, they taste sort of like what marmalade would taste like if the peel wasn't shredded up -- if that makes any sense. It's a bold flavor for breakfast. But my favorite use for these things is in cooking. I minced some and mixed them up with mashed sweet potatoes along with half a cup of the orange-flavored honey, onions cooked in butter and some chopped pecans. The Mexican marmalade yams were sensational.