Who's responsible for this spread?

When you're eating guacamole, you're eating history that dates back to the 1500s. The Aztec empire created this spread with the same exact ingredients that local restuarants use today. The Aztecs called this saucy spread "ahuaca-mulli" which translates to avocado-mixture or avocado-sauce. Pretty creative, eh? Of course, the secret didn't stay with the Aztecs for long.

Gainesville Guacamole

The Spaniards encountered the Aztec people and their ahuaca-mulli while exploring the New World and knew it would be a hit back home. Unfortunately, avocados are not native to Europe so there was a problem when trying to recreate the dish for friends and family when they returned to Spain. Over the course of time, guacamole has stayed in North and South America, while back in Europe the Spanish tried to duplicate the tasty treat with substitutions for the avocado. Of course nothing could live up to the guacamole they had in their travels.

The word guacamole is derived from Nahuatl, a language from Central Mexico. Years ago "waka'mole" and "huaka'mole" were were a few different ways to pronounce gucamole. Our society and fast-paced culture has even gone so far as to shorten this word with the abbreviation "guac" written on menus and featured on signs at local restaurants.

When did it get so popular?

Guacamole has always been a table pleaser, as we can see. The Aztecs believed it to be a natural aphrodisiac and with more natural monosaturated fat and protein than other fruits available, it was vital to their diet. Avocados have almost 20 vitamins and minerals and have been found to help manage heart problems and cholesterol for some people.

Some of the first guacamole recipes were published in the 1940s. Did you know that in the 1960s the avocado was pushed to be associated with the Pacific Islands through marketing and advertising tactics? Finally in the 1970s, it became recognized across the United States as a dish served alongside various Spanish and Mediterranean foods.

Guacamole can be a great addition to a meal on any day of the year, but there are two specific holidays that really have people craving the green goodness. Cinco de Mayo and Super Bowl Sunday have increased avocado sales to exorbinant amounts every year. Gucamole has become so popular that it has its own national holiday on September 16th as well as an official Facebook page.