A Dip From the 1500's


by Alejandro Mole


Guacamole is a dip made originally by the Aztecs, the original people of Mexico. As early as 15th century, this kind of avocado-based sauce or paste was a traditional piece of the Mesoamerican delicacies. Historically, it was made by mashing very ripe avocados by using a molcajete (mortar and pestle), dusted with salt and a few hot peppers for final touches. This medieval avocado-based dip has been a valued delicacy not just for the locals in the Aztec empire, but of Emperor Montezuma.

When the Spaniards came to Mexico around 1500's and came across the Aztec civilization, they had at the same time find the guacamole. The dip easily was a hit for the Spaniards. Its most important ingredient, avocados, started to be really renowned to the Spaniards additionally, the fruit has been considered a brand new world food to them. This was just the beginning of the dip's fame. The Spaniards took pleasure in avocados in three ways, along with salt, with sugar, or perhaps with both.

The Tale Behind the Name, Guacamole

The Aztecs traditionally named it "ahuacamolli" or "ahuaca-mulli", which literally means avocado sauce. The label has been a pairing of two Nahuatl terms, ahuacatl which stands for avocado and molli, which translates as sauce. Nahuatl had been the earliest dialect of the Aztec people. In those days, the Spaniards were struggling to enunciate ahuacamolli the right way. They enunciate the term sounding like "guacamole", and so they turn out calling the dip guacamole. Some linguistic experts suppose that the Spanish conquerors mixed the Nahuatl word ahuacatl to their own Spanish term "abogado"(lawyer) to label our desired fruit, avocados. The Aztec word ahuacatl was used by the Aztecs in making reference to the fruit avocados, however it actually means "testicles".

One more purpose behind avocados' popularity was the truth that this fruit consists of the highest fat amongst fruits. The Aztec diet was incredibly low in fat compared with today's standards. It is not surprising how a fruit that supplied life sustaining fats and protein could grow to be incredibly valued. The Spaniards stole the idea from the natives and brought it to their very own nation, Spain. They also changed the dip's name from ahuacamolli to guacamole. Apart from modifying the name, they also modified the original recipe by introducing onions, cilantro and lime juice in to the dip.




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