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The word guacamole comes from the Spanish word ahuacatl (meaning avocado) and the Mexican word molli (which means sauce).

 

It is invented by the Aztecs to offer to Emperor Montezuma – who lead the Aztec Empire when they were conquered by the Spaniards.

Guacamole is an avocado-based condiment for meat or spread for tortillas. It can be prepared in many different ways but it originally contains just avocado, onion, chiles, tomatoes and salt. Lime juice is sometimes added to keep the original color of the avocado. Its additional ingredients depend where it is prepared.

Hass avocado is the best variety to mix in making guacamole. They are green avocados which turn colors into purplish-black when ripe, and are easily available since you can harvest it anytime of the year. In case this variety is not present, you can look instead for gwen avocados. It has similar characteristics (taste, texture and appearance) with hass but stays green when ripe.

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Guacamole is one of the main dishes in Latin American cuisine. It is a nutritious butter for Aztecs since it is high in (good) fats, proteins and vitamins. It maintains a healthy heart. The Spaniards even brought it to their homeland; making it even more popular. They love guacamole when it is served with salt, sugar or both. At present, it can also be served with bread, sandwich, hotdogs and hamburgers.

Aztecs also believed that guacamole increases their sexual desire. Not proven but also not denied by scientist, it is believed that this made it more popular for the Spaniards.

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