12 Fun Facts you didn’t know about Mexican food
12 Fun Facts you didn´t know about Mexican food
Maybe you don´t know but Mexican cuisine is a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European (Spanish and Italian), added after the spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th Century.
Native foods like corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes and chili peppers and rice were brought by the Spanish people during the year´s of the conquest.
You must know that important characters in Mexican history like Hernán Cortés, Moctezuma, The Emperor Maximilian, and President Porfirio Díaz, incorporated Spanish and French food that leave their mark on the actual Mexican cuisine.
- There are three different colors of corn tortilla: Yellow, red and blue
- Tortillas are part of the diet of hundreds of families in México, eating up to 3, filling them with Chicken, beef, eggs, beans, etc.
- Mexican food is actually healthy, since has the perfect blend of all food groups (carbs and proteins).
- In 1519, the Spanish found out that emperor Moctezuma enjoyed drinking a beverage made up of chocolate and sweeten with honey. It later find worldwide acceptance known as “milkshakes”
- Adobos, chiles rellenos, guacamole and escabeche comes from the Colonial period.
- Chocolate come from the fruit Mexican cacao tree.
- Mexican exotic food include tacos made up of grasshoppers, worms and caterpillars (just in some parts of the country)
- Mexican food in the USA is not Mexican, it´s called Tex Mex
- Mexican desserts tend to include chiles in them for hot and sweet taste
- Traditional Mexican cuisine was inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanityby UNESCO.
- In some parts of México, quesadillas don´t have queso (cheese) as the main ingredient, but they are called quesadillas and the fillings are: beef, chicken, pork, etc
- In some parts of México, they serve exotic food with iguanas, rattlesnakes and turtles as the main protein, or even, the famous “caldo de piedra”, warmed with river rocks.
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