Guacamole is one of the most famous Mexican salsas, but who invented it and what are its origins? Keep reading to discover the answers.
Who Invented Guacamole?
It’s not possible to say with certainty who invented guacamole. However, we know that we owe this delicious spread to the indigenous people of Mexico.
In fact, the word “guacamole” itself comes from nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs. The meaning of ahuacamolli in nahuatl is pretty straightforward: it combines ahucatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce). So, guacamole essentially means “avocado sauce” in nahuatl.
While the origins of guacamole are ancient, the recipe has evolved over time. The guacamole that the Aztecs consumed called for just avocado, tomato, and chili peppers. After the arrival of the Spanish, ingredients such as onion, garlic, salt, and lime juice were added to the recipe, creating the guacamole the world knows and loves today.
Guacamole went on to become one of Mexico’s greatest culinary hits. Fresh, delicious, and easy to prepare, this spread is both unmistakably Mexican and highly adaptable, and the world has embraced it enthusiastically.
The success of guacamole fuels a whole sector of Mexican agriculture. For example, Mexican avocados account for 46% of the total avocado exports worldwide. It’s no wonder that some in Mexico use the term “green gold” to refer to avocados!
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