National Guacamole Day

Today is National Guacamole Day, a wonderful day of the year for many Americans! As the tortilla chip’s best friend, guacamole is an especially popular food among college students for its healthy reputation and delicious qualities. Whether you prefer it mild, spicy, or sweet, different people have their own preference as to what really makes a good guacamole!

The history of guacamole dates back to the days of the Aztecs, who were an ancient tribe in Mexico in the 1500’s. Originally named “ahuaca-mulli”, which translates to avocado sauce, guacamole was created similarly to the way it is still done today. When the Spaniards encountered the Aztecs, they decided to bring the guacamole back to Spain with them because they knew it would be popular, and they weren’t wrong! Eventually, guacamole made its way to the rest of the world and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Never tried guacamole? Celebrate today by trying to make your own! Each person has their own way of making guacamole, and you’ll find that you like some guacamole more than others! To make your own, buy avocados that are firm and unblemished and mash them up until they have a creamy consistency. Try adding different ingredients you normally enjoy to create unique flavor profiles. Some traditional ingredients you could include are fresh herbs, garlic, corn, tomatillo, chipotle peppers, salt, and pepper. Also make sure to add lemon or lime juice to delay any browning.  But don’t let these traditional ingredients limit you; try to think out of the box and add non-traditional flavors such as curry powder or pineapple or other favorite ingredients and try guacamole on different foods.  Spread it on sandwiches, fold it into an omelet, or even toss it on a salad.

Avocados have become a huge buzz in the food world because of their many nutritional benefits. They are rich in potassium, fiber, folate, and they also contain vitamins C and K. This combination of antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients makes avocados the perfect component for guacamole and many other dishes.

More guacamole is sold on Cinco de Mayo and Super Bowl Sunday than any other days of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy guacamole at other times. While celebrating National Guacamole Day this year, think back about the 4,000 years of history and how far guacamole has come to becoming a staple in today’s food world. Show your true green colors and good taste with some delicious guacamole today! Serve it proudly today and for the remaining 364 days of the year.

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