All the most interesting thing that you might not know about Mexican food
• All the most interesting thing that you might not know about Mexican food
Anyone who has once tasted authentic Mexican dish, is familiar with the rich palette of flavors that explode in the mouth. This exotic "cocktail" of spices, herbs, meat and vegetables is enough to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
Indeed, it is difficult to find someone who would not like Mexican food. But for the people, so much love Mexican food, we know about it too little. In the collective consciousness of the majority of fans of Mexican dishes such things as the origin, history, and even cooking styles are completely absent. Well, it's time to change that!
In today's post, you'll learn about the true origins of Mexican food, some traditional ways of cooking your favorite Mexican dishes and even some strange Mexican food, the existence of which you probably did not know. Before you - 25 interesting things about Mexican food that you might not know!
The Mexican cuisine is older than you think. Many of the most traditional Mexican recipes appeared in the days of the Aztecs and Mayans.
However, the Spaniards largely had a strong influence on Mexican cuisine, which we know today. Traditional Mexican dishes (recipes inherited from the Mayans and Aztecs) were changed during the Spanish colonization of Mexico, causing the Spaniards added her own ideas and methods of preparation and ingredients.
In 1520-ies the Spaniards brought to Mexico the plants and animals that have not seen any Mexican: horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens. Of spices which have been imported into the country - olive oil, cinnamon, parsley, coriander, oregano, and black pepper. Also, the Spanish brought the nuts and cereals, such as almonds, rice, wheat, barley, as well as fruits and vegetables, which included apples, oranges, grapes, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes (brought from Peru) and sugar cane .
For the preparation of traditional Mexican dishes used by all parts of cows and bulls home, including the udder, stomach, tongue, even the uterus and testes.
The Mexican cuisine is also famous for a variety of refreshing juices. tropical and exotic fruits grow in abundance are the basis of soft drinks, which are sold at roadside stalls.
Flat breads (tortilla) are a staple food of Mexico. They are made from corn or wheat flour, and their diversity varies from one part of the country to another. Tortillas are used to prepare many dishes; they can be both soft and crunchy.
Tequila - the most famous Mexican alcoholic drink today. It is produced mainly in the neighborhood of the same city, and for its preparation using core blue agave.
In the period from 1864 to 1867 Mexico rules former Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, supported by French troops. Though his reign was short and tragic, French cuisine has left its mark in many Mexican dishes. Inspired France include Mexican dishes such as "chiles en nogada" (stuffed chilli peppers in walnut sauce) and "conejo en mostaza" (rabbit in mustard sauce).
In the colonial period who loved to experiment Spaniard and members of the Spanish religious orders have come up with most of the dishes that make up today's intricate Mexican cuisine. Nun pioneered in the preparation of traditional Mexican foods such as candy, entitled "cajeta" ( "caramel") spherical "buñuelos" ( "donuts") and egg-based liqueur "rompope" ( "rompope").
In 1519, when the first Spanish conquistadors entered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (located on the site of modern Mexico City), they learned that the Aztec emperor Montezuma liked to drink a drink made from chocolate and vanilla and sweetened with honey. It was a traditional Mexican-Indian dish, probably invented by the Mayans more, which subsequently found international recognition in various forms, including in the form of a milkshake.
Even in the colonial period, the history of Mexico were dishes such as "lomo en adobo" (loin of pork in a spicy sauce), "chiles rellenos" (chili peppers stuffed with cheese, beef or pork), "guacamole" (appetizer pulp of avocado, tomato, onion, chilli and coriander) and "escabeche" (marinade).
Vanilla - a substance derived from the pods of a certain type of Mexican orchids and chocolate derived from the fruit of the tree of Mexican cocoa.
In some Mexican dishes, especially those that have arisen in Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula, has influenced the Caribbean cuisine. Other Mexican dishes such as "bolillo" ( "white bread"), suffered the influence of French cuisine. Bolilo - a popular Mexican bread.
Popular Mexican food called "fajita" ( "fajita") actually brought fame an American of Mexican descent, restaurateur Ninfa Rodriguez Lorenzo (Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo), has named its own restaurant by its name - Ninfa's. The dish was so simple and delicious that competitors are constantly sent their spies in its restaurant with a view to get the recipe.
In some parts of Mexico's exotic dishes include grasshoppers and caterpillars. Tacos in some parts of the country are also prepared with different fillings - from cow brains to bull testicles.
Sugar Calavera (Calaveras de Azukar), representing a confectionery in the shape of a skull made of sugar, amaranth and chocolate are among the most famous of Mexican sweets. They are preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Mexican food, which can be found commonly referred to as "Tex-Mex" ( "Tex Mex") in the United States. This name comes from the confluence of the Texan, Mexican and American cuisine. Burrito, fajita quesadilla and are the most popular examples of "teks- Mex ".
It is estimated that the average Mexican family may use up to 2 pounds (about 1 kg), tortillas (corn cakes) a day.
Chili - the most commonly used ingredient in traditional Mexican cuisine.
Even traditional Mexican desserts prepared chili, by which is achieved a combination of acute and pleasant sweet.
Northern Mexico residents greater love meat dishes, while in the south of the country as the main ingredients prefer using chicken and vegetables.
Once the tortillas sold in cans and were popular in the packaging from 1940 to the beginning of the 1980s.
Quesadilla - one of the mainstays of Mexican street stalls. This dish is considered a typical Mexican. But it turns out that the quesadilla, as are the Mexicans, is a hybrid dish: half indigenous and half Spanish. Tortilla, which make up the quesadilla - Native American dish; cheese and pork and / or beef, you can add to the stuffing - the Spanish influence; from the point of view of a side dish, spicy sauce made from chili peppers - local cuisine, and crushed leaves of lettuce - again the influence of Spanish cuisine.
Despite the fact that Mexican food is mostly known for its spicy and heavy food, it is actually a very healthy food, rich in vitamins and minerals and low in fat. Some nutritionists believe its perfect combination of important food groups: meat, dairy products, cereals and vegetables.
If you still think that only in Asian cuisine using the most disgusting animals, then you will be interested to know that some recipes of traditional Mexican dishes include ingredients such as iguana meat and rattlesnake.