Slideshow: Market Tours: Exotic Latin American Ingredients at The Angel's Fruit Market in Bushwick

The Angel's Fruit Market
The Angel's Fruit Market
The Angel's impressive sidewalk display might trick you into thinking it's just a fruit market (and a great one at that), but a trip inside will reveal hard-to-find ingredients that proprietor Carmelo Bruno has spent decades sourcing.
Cilantro Macho
Cilantro Macho
At The Angel's you'll find cilantro macho, a stockier, more flavorful version of the skinny, everyday cilantro you find atop most of your New York tacos.
Epazote
Epazote
This leafy herb is commonly used in bean dishes in Central and Caribbean American cooking. Its strong smell makes it an "acquired" taste for some.
Nopales
Nopales
The fleshy pads of prickly cactus pears are a staple in Mexican cooking. At The Angel's, they're sold fresh, alongside the Mexican root jicama.
Cactus pears
Cactus pears
Carmelo keeps a tray of prickly cactus pears on hand for his Italian customers. The fruit is mostly eaten fresh, though it's also used to flavor jellies, candies, and some spirits.
Pipicha
Pipicha
Skinny strands of pipicha are similar to cilantro in flavor, but are more commonly used to season meat dishes.
Lots of roots
Lots of roots
In the back, alongside the bags of Idaho potatoes, the squash, yucca, platanos (both green and ripe), Carmelo stocks some less-familiar roots: yautia blanca (white), yautia lila (purple), and malanga.
Sweet moscato grapes
Sweet moscato grapes
These sweet grapes are less common than their green and red cousins, but arguably more delicious. Though more often found as wine or raisins, Carmelo keeps a tray of fresh grapes at The Angel's.
Medicinal herbs
Medicinal herbs
Tucked in the back corner of The Angel's is an impressive selection of dietary herbal supplements, such as Uña de Gato, Cat's Claw, prized for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties.