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Nothing says Mexico like guacamole, pinatas and sombreros! On Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), people all over the United States celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with piñatas, Mexican crafts and of course, Mexican cuisine. Guacamole being one of the great ambassadors of Mexican food in the world, I would like to share this kid-friendly guacamole recipe perfected over the years by my husband. In it, you won’t find any hot spices, artificial flavorings or unhealthy nasties. This chunky guacamole packs a bunch in ripe avocados, tasty tomatoes and green goodness. It is so good that we just eat it on its own or as a side dip but it would be great for a sunny day out, with the customary tortilla chips.
My daughter, who just studied Mayas and Aztecs at school, would love to know that guacamole was first invented by Aztecs in the 1500s. Though we eat guacamole regularly, the historical origin of the name is not very well known (but definitely an “conversation starter”). Indeed, the word “avocado” comes from the Aztec word ahuacatl which means testicle or testicle tree. The Aztecs named it such for its resemblance to the male genitalia and the spread that we eat today as guacamole was called ahuaca-mulli or avocado sauce. In fact, the Aztecs were very fond of guacamole because of the high-fat content of the fruit. Yes, avocado is a fruit. More on that below.
Now that you know all about avocados and how good they are for your health, here’s the actual recipe. Time to go out and buy some ripe avocados!