AAA Editor Notes
Basilica (Parroquía de María Inmaculada de la Salud) stands on a hill a block n.e. of Plaza Vasco de Quiroga. The church dates from 1554. A likeness of the venerated Virgin of Health, positioned on the main altar, is made from a paste of crushed cornstalks mixed with a substance extracted from orchids. On Dec. 8 a fiesta honors the Virgin.
Every morning local women set up shop on the plaza adjacent to the church selling corundas. These triangular-shaped tamales are made of cornmeal dough, filled with meat or beans, then wrapped in cornhusks and steamed; they are frequently served with thick cream. An accompanying beverage might be atole, which is made from ground cornmeal or rice, served warm and often flavored with vanilla.