The origin of Guacamole

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So demanded when it comes to eating tacos, hanging out with friends watching the Superbowl, or at every Cinco de Mayo party. This Mexican sauce made from avocado, green chili, or chili pepper, has a great story to tell us. Make yourself comfortable and make yourself a coffee or whatever your favorite drink is because I’m going to tell you a story.

The name guacamole comes from the “Nahuatl” word “Ahuacamolli” translated into Spanish, which is made up of the words “Ahuacatl”(avocado) + “Molli” (mole or sauce). This delicious dish had an erotic meaning for the Aztecs, so much so that they did not allow women to collect the fruit (avocado is a fruit in case you did not know) because they said the fruit symbolized specific male body parts.

There is a pre-Hispanic legend in which it says that Quetzalcoatl, the Toltec god, offered the recipe for guacamole to his people, who spread it throughout the territory of Mesoamerica.

The first time this fruit was grown was in southern Mexico about 10,000 years ago. In the early 1900s, avocados were often called the crocodile pear. The Hass avocado is named after postal clerk Rudolph Hass who purchased a plant in 1926 from a California farmer and patented it in 1935.

Guacamole has increased avocado sales in the US, especially on Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. The increase in guacamole consumption is due to the US government lifting a ban on avocado imports in the 1900s and the growth of the Latino population in the country.

So now you know, every time you are in front of a bowl of Guacamole take a look at its history and enjoy it even more.

The “Ahuacamolli” can not be missing in any of your taquizas. 

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Atte. Mr. José

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