How Guacamole Became America's Favorite Spread - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.
It seems to be everywhere you look these days. It's green, some may say, "slimy," and It's absolutely delicious! Well, some might object to the absolutely delicious part, but you couldn't win if you wanted to argue and say that guacamole has not grown in popularity within the United States and rest of the World.
Surprisingly enough, guacamole is no new kid on the block. Dating back as early as the 16th century, Aztec people were the original creators of guacamole calling it "Ahuacamolli," which literally translates to "avocado sauce." The smooth and buttery condiment eventually made its short journey from Mexico and grew in popularity here in the Americas. Even though high in calories, experts say it has plenty of nutritional qualities. So when something has a rare combination of taste and good nutrition, you are bound to see it in appetizers, entrees, and even desserts.
Thanks to our nutrient rich soil, we were able to harvest avocados of our own, enabling us to make homemade guacamole, which, to this day, remains in high demand here and all across the globe. Interestingly, Fallbrook, California claims to be the avocado capital of the world today.
Did you know avocado is a fruit and you can grow your own by inserting toothpicks into the pit and placing it on water?
Another fun tid-bit, over 75 million pounds of avocados are sold on Cinco de Mayo.