I'm a little embarrassed about this as I've not only seen these for sale any number of times over the years, but have also seen them growing without ever asking about them or trying them. But today the sweet old lady who sells tenates in front of my market had guajilotes for sale. She and the two vendors on either side of her told me the name & how to cook them. They're to be boiled until tender & are supposed to be sweet. We shall see.
I was in my ancestral eastern France yesterday and was thrilled to see some beloved products at the hypermarket that I cannot find in Paris. I did buy some gras double (tripe) and pork brains to bring home, but what really had me drooling was sauerkraut land. Sauerkraut is a cold season delight in eastern France, probably far more than most of you would expect.
For example, here is the sauerkraut display.
I was recently looking for just plain sauerkraut (in a can) in Paris and could not find it anywhere. Not a problem here.
Of course they sell choucroute garnie packages with all the necessary ingredients for people who don't have the time to make the dish.
Neverthless, one should not believe that this area of France is retrograde. It was not even 9am yet, and the sushi people (six employees!) were hard at work.