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Roaming Around the World is at Mercado La Merced Riobamba.
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For #ThirstyThursday this week in Riobamba, Ecuador, we are sipping on something special here that is a product of the tall looming Chimborazo volcano we posted about yesterday.
Throughout Ecuador you’ll find fruit drinks called “batidos,” that are basically like a thin smoothie. Fruit juice, a bit of ice, and often some sugar are mixed in a blender. Yet here in the markets of Riobamba the batidos are actually made with glacier ice harvested by hand from atop Chimborazo.
It's an old tradition that's almost become lost since refrigeration and and icemakers have come about. Yet there is still one 75-year-old ice man left who keeps the tradition alive by trekking to the glacier to retrieve this pure mineral-laden ice and carrying it down on his back so this market can make these drinks.
Using Chimborazo's glacial ice, these refreshing beverages are called "rumpenuncas." They come in a variety of flavors, yet we'll always choose "mora" (local blackberry). It is delicious, super refreshing, and there may be something to the glacier ice.
We're now so intrigued by the legend of the last ice man in the world, that we're setting off to find him! ... See MoreSee Less
There was a documentary about him that I saw a few years ago!
I've spent quite a bit of time in Ecuador and find Riobamba and the surrounding area fascinating.
Mmmm!! Sounds healthy as well 😊
That is very cool! (No pun intended)
I saw a documentary about him also.
Danielle Le-Ann Sowers I want to try this!
I also the documentary about this remarkable man.
They are really good, and yes he is the last one of the icemakers but one of the ladies from the market told me, that the man's brother in law might continue the tradition, hopefully we don't lose this tradition
Wow! That’s amazing! What do they cost?