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Guacamole
Guacamole

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History

Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs. The Aztecs subsisted on a very low fat diet and the avocado, being high fat and full of vitamins was revered for its nutritional value. Guacamole was the preferred way to serve the avocados and they made it by mashing the avocado with a molcajete (a Mexican mortar and pestle) and then adding tomatoes and a little salt. The Spaniards enjoyed guacamole so much that they attempted to bring avocados back to Spain with them. The plant would not grow well in Spain, so guacamole became an exotic American food. The name guacamole comes from Mexican Spanish via Nahuatl ahuacamolli, from ahuacatl (="avocado") + molli (="sauce"). In Spanish it is pronounced /ɣʷakaˈmole/ and in American English it is pronounced /ˌgwɑkəˈmoʊli/ or sometimes in British English /ˌgwækəˈməʊli/. Binomial name Persea americana Mill. ... For other uses, see Relish (disambiguation). ... A dip is a common condiment for many types of food. ... The Aztecs is a collective term used for all of the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican peoples under the control of the Mexica, founders of Tenochtitlan, and their two principal allies, who built an extensive empire in the late Postclassic period in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries in Central Mexico. ... The molcajete, a mortar with its origins in Mexico, is a common kitchen utensil often used for preparing guacamole and grinding spices. ... Mortar and pestle Mortar used to pulverise plant material with liquid nitrogen A mortar and pestle are a pair of tools used in conjunction with each other to grind and mix substances. ... Mexican Spanish is the form of the Spanish language spoken in Mexico by over 99% of the population. ... Nahuatl ( [1] is a term applied to a group of related languages and dialects of the Aztecan [2] branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family, indigenous to central Mexico. ... British English (BrE) is a broad term used to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere. ...


Ingredients

In addition to avocados, the basic ingredients usually include the original ingredients of tomatoes and salt. Lime juice is sometimes added for flavor and to help keep the avocado from browning too soon. Variations often include onion, hot chili peppers, garlic, cilantro (coriander), and other spices. Some American versions include sour cream, ground black pepper corns or milk. Adding dairy produce is a American adaptation. Mexicans sometimes refer to diluted guacamole often served in low-cost taquerías as "aguamole," a portmanteau of Spanish "agua" ("water") and guacamole. Edible salt is mostly sodium chloride (NaCl). ... Binomial name Allium cepa L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... The chile pepper (also chili or chilli; from Spanish chile) is the fruit of the plant Capsicum from the nightshade family (Solanaceae). ... Binomial name Allium sativum L. Allium sativum L., commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum L. Percentages are relative to US RDI values for adults. ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum L. Percentages are relative to US RDI values for adults. ... Screen shot of Spice OPUS, a fork of Berkeley SPICE SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) is a general purpose analog circuit simulator. ... Binomial name Piper nigrum L. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. ... Look up portmanteau word in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Preparation and consumption

Guacamole is still prepared using a molcajete to mash the ingredients. Modern methods include mashing the avocado with a fork in a bowl or using a food processor for a smoother consistency. Guacamole is often eaten with tortilla chips, although it can be spooned onto or into almost any savory Mexican dish. In Texas and other areas of the southwest United States it is common to make guacamole as a quick party food or to bring it to a potluck luncheon by mashing ripe avocados with a favourite salsa using a fork. This quickly and easily adds the needed acid and salt. In New Zealand and other areas of the Oceania Pacific, guacamole is combined with beaten egg whites--creating a clabbered texture and has become an increasingly poplular side with spaghetti. The molcajete, a mortar with its origins in Mexico, is a common kitchen utensil often used for preparing guacamole and grinding spices. ... Tortilla chips A tortilla chip is a snack food made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A potluck or potluck dinner is a gathering of people for a meal where the participants are expected to bring food to be shared among everyone at the gathering. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Spaghetti in a bowl. ...


a traditional recipe:


5 large avacadoes (black in color, slightly soft when pressed) 2 large limes (juicy, supple, soft to the touch - if not, microwave for 8 seconds) 1 medium white onion (diced) 3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro (chopped finely) 1 large tomato salt finely chopped fresh jalapenos (optional)


1. slice avacadoes in half. discard seed. scoop out of shell with spoon and place in bowl. 2. add juice of one fresh lime immediately to prevent browning. use a fork and mash to desired consistency. 3. add chopped ingredients - onions, cilantro, and tomato. stir gently to mix. 4. add juice of second lime and then salt to taste. stir just slightly. 5. add jalapeno to taste. 6. serve with your favorite tortilla chips for a dip, or use with a Mexican dish. 7. some people prefer to use a food processor to make a VERY creamy dip, as this recipe makes a chunky, yet creamy guacamole.


Popularity

Though it is native to Mexico, guacamole is popular in the United States as a snack food, especially around holidays and other major celebrations. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for around 5% of annual avocado sales. Guacomole is also an increasingly popular party food in Australia and New Zealand. A typical Cinco de Mayo Baile folklórico celebration in Gardena, California Cinco de Mayo (The Fifth of May in Spanish) is a national holiday in Mexico which is also widely celebrated in the United States. ... These fireworks over the Washington Monument are typical of Fourth of July celebrations In the United States, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, Pascha, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity), following the cycle of the moon. ...


See also

Mole (IPA: /ˈmo. ...

External links

Wikibooks
Wikibooks Cookbook has an article on
  • California Avocado Commission press release about consumer avocado consumption
  • Guacamole site with recipes (from California)
  • Video tutorial on how to prepare guacamole
  • Video recipe of guacamole

  Results from FactBites:
 
Guacamole - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (407 words)
Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip from the time of the Aztecs.
Mexicans sometimes refer to diluted guacamole often served in low-cost taquerías as "aguamole", a portmanteau of Spanish "agua" ("water") and guacamole.
Guacamole is popular in the United States as a snack food, especially around holidays and other major celebrations.
MEXICO HOT OR NOT - MEXICAN COOKING - COCINA MEXICANA - GUACAMOLE (884 words)
I was invited to a friend's house for dinner a while back and guacamole was among the appetizers served.
Guacamole is a perishable dish and I like it that way.
Spoon the guacamole into a serving dish and place the seeds on the guacamole, pressing in lightly to bury them a bit.
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