History of Guacamole

The history of guacamole dates back to the ancient Aztecs. Avocados were first grown in South Central America around 10,000 years ago. The word guacamole is from the Aztec word “ahuacamolli” which means avocado sauce.

There are over 400 varieties of avocado grown in the world. The avocado was once known as an alligator pear because of its bumpy skin. The California Avocado Growers Exchange complained about the name. After complaining the fruit cycled through several names. Some of them were calavo, butter pear, and avocado pear.

The Aztecs didn’t add anything extra to their guacamole. It contained only avocados. Some varieties added tomatoes and onions to the mix. The Spanish brought guacamole back with them and put the more modern spin on it that we know today.

Some Guacamole Quick Facts

  • Over 45 million pounds of avocados will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • A whole avocado is 200-300 calories. It is a good source of vitamin A, C, E and B vitamins. Also a good source of potassium and fiber.
  • Apollo 11 astronauts brought guacamole into space with them. They didn’t eat it though because Buzz Aldrin ate all of the chips before leaving earth. 
  • November 14 is national avocado day.
  • California produces 90% of the country’s avocados.
History of Guacamole

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