Guacamole is the stuff that dreams are made of. Whether you’re making some at home, getting some at your favorite Mexican or vaguely-Mexican chain eatery, or ordering it to go on top of the best burger in NYC, guacamole is simply one of the best foods of all time.
This lime green appetizer goes great with some tortilla chips, as part of a burrito or wrap, and is a must for any sandwich. There are tons of variations on the classic recipe of guacamole. They all include avocados, which are super healthy for you. Some recipes call for sliced hot peppers while others require Sriracha or hot sauce. Some include tomatoes, while others require onions, garlic, and a squeeze of lime to top it all off.
Whether you’re blending your guacamole or squashing it gently with a fork to keep the consistency a little more rustic, getting it to go, or just copying the recipe for your favorite chain’s guac, eating guacamole is always a great move. We eat guacamole all the time– but where did it come from? Who invented it?
Read on to find out more, because today we’re going into the history of this classic snack.
With over a billion avocados consumed in just the U.S. every single year, you know that some of those avocados are going into guacamole. It seems that this food has reached an all time high of popularity, and avocado toast is only the latest craze to capitalize not only on the delicious taste of avocado but its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory qualities as well as the healthy fats and vitamins contained within.
As if avocados aren’t healthy enough on their own, guacamole typically includes such ingredients such as sea salt, lemon or lime, garlic, hot peppers, tomatoes, hot sauce, and onion, so it’s a really healthy snack. Since guacamole is found everywhere but most typically at Mexican restaurants, could this be related?
Yes! Guacamole comes from Mexico, where it was believed to be invented by the native Aztecs. This makes sense as the avocado is a fruit native to south central Mexico. Archaeological evidence shows that these trees were cultivated as far back as 750 B.C., although cultivation could have started well before that. When the Spanish came across the Aztecs in the 16th century, guacamole was already a very popular dish.
Even back then, the locals were making their avocado mixture, which they called ‘ahuaca-mulli’. You can see where the name probably originated as this term sounds a lot like guacamole. They made their avocado dish using chili peppers, avocados, salt, white onions, and tomatoes.
The word avocado also was derived from the Aztec word ahuacatl, which means testicles. The Spaniards changed that to ‘aguacate’, which eventually became the recognizable English word avocado that we all use today (those of us who speak English, that is!).
The avocado arrived in California in 187` in tree form, but the avocado really hit the U.S. market when the Hass avocado was discovered in the 1930s. The arrival of guacamole and Mexican restaurants were not far behind. Today, we enjoy guacamole on its own and with so many other foods. It’s the perfect versatile food and with so many health benefits, it’s easy to give yourself permission to enjoy this nutritional snack as often as possible. So go ahead– go get your guac on!