Did you know that many global food staples originated in Latin America? Many of our everyday food items made their way out of Central and South America to become things we couldn’t imagine living without.
What is fall without everything pumpkin? Pumpkins and other root vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash, are native to Mexico and Central America.
How can we imagine a world without potatoes? Potatoes originated in Peru and are now grown all over the world and have become a main staple for dishes in many cultures.
Tomatoes span kitchens around the globe. They are in everything from ketchup to Michelin star dishes. Tomatoes originated in Mexico. They were common ingredients for Aztec dishes. Authentic Mexican food almost always contains both red and green tomatoes.
Well, any chocolate really. But, hot chocolate can be traced to Mexico and the Mayans back to 500 B.C. The warm drink contained cocoa seeds, cornmeal, and chile peppers leading to the great Ibarra v Abuelita debate.
The Caesar Salad
Made in Italy, right? NOPE. The Caesar Salad was invented in the 1920’s in Mexico by Cesare Cardini, an Italian immigrant throwing together ingredients after a busy meal service.