National Guacamole Day has been observed annually on September 16. Guacamole is a Mexican side-dish or dip made from the avocados. National Guacamole Day is yet another day for any dip lovers to excuse and taste this delicious side-dish. Any day and anytime will be perfect for tasting this Mexican cuisine. Serve the Guacamole with the bowl of chips, burritos, tacos and along with your favourite dishes.
“The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.” – David Fairchild
History of National Guacamole Day
The history and origin of the National Guacamole Day are anonymous. However, Guacamole has a long tradition. It is an avocado-based dip, salad, or spread which was first prepared by the Aztecs of Mexico. Guacamole is a word that comes from the Aztec dialect via Nahuatl that translates to the avocado sauce. The dish is sometimes informally referred to as guac in North America. The guacamole was used in modern Mexican cuisine. It has now become a part of both international and the American cuisine as a dip, condiment, and even as a salad ingredient. It is a popular party dip favoured by people from all around the world. The dip might have been originated in Aztec as Avocados were first cultivated in South Central Mexico to Central America and far of Peru. Hass avocado is the most popular kind of avocados.
Guacamole is made from avocados more traditionally made by mashing the ripe avocados and sea salt with a mortar and pestle. Add chopped onion, garlic, tomatoes, lemon juice, chilli, yoghurt or other seasonings are added. To make the guacamole recipe spicier, you can add Jalapenos, chilis, cumin or red pepper. Avocado is rich in nutrients and is packed with twenty vitamins including vitamins C and E, the unsaturated healthy fat that help lower the cholesterol. It helps in the fight against cancer and could be used as a replacement for the butter or shortening in baking. Avocado trees produce up to 400 fruits year around. One cup of guacamole gives you nearly 400 calories. Avocado also has more potassium than that of an entire banana.
Facts About Guacamole
- The avocado was first known as the ahuacate, has been cultivated and eaten in the regions including Mexico, Central America, and South America that dates back to 500 BCE.
- There are more than 400 varieties of avocado grown around the world, and the most common type of avocado is the Hass.
- The Haas avocado was originated from a single tree grown by Rudolph Hass in 1935. The tree is still alive and producing fruit, and it does not begin to ripen until it is harvested
- In 2013, a group of 450 students in Tancitaro, Michoacan, Mexico had prepared a serving of guacamole that weighed 5,885.24 pounds or almost 3 tons. It was a Guinness World Record.
- You can keep the unused avocado or guacamole from oxidizing by adding lime or lemon juice.
- On an average, around 53 million pounds of guacamole are eaten in the USA on each Super Bowl Sunday.
- Avocados are a fruit and are not a vegetable.
- Avocados are an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they usually grow in pairs on trees.
- National Guacamole Day is celebrated on the Mexican Independence Day.
Other Celebrations on September 16
September 16 is also celebrated as
- National Stepfamily Day
- National Play Doh Day
- International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
- National Collect Rocks Day
- National Working Parents Day
How to Celebrate National Guacamole Day
Celebrating the National Guacamole Day is very simple. You can readily serve the dip for yourself and your family at any time. Serve it as a sandwich spread for breakfast or add some crisp sliced vegetables with Guacamole dip. You can even use it to top the burger or use it on bacon and eggs. Taste your bowl of chips with this dip or add it to your salad at dinner. You can even try your variety of Guacamole recipe with the fresh avocado. Guacamole is limited only when your creativity to eat dishes along with avocado ends. Post and share your Guacamole Day celebrations on social media using the hashtag #NationalGuacamoleDay.