The Mexican Food
The progress of science has led to the often used phrase “It’s a small world”. Today, we are so well connected internationally that we are aware of different cultures, lifestyles and cuisines. Today, with the rise of food chains, international cuisine is readily available- Chinese, Continental et al. It is no surprise then that we find youngsters munching crunchy Nachos, of Mexican origin, outside theatres instead of popcorn!
Mexican food which originates in Mexico is known for its varied flavors, colorful decoration and variety of spices that are home grown. The staple diet includes corn and beans though rice was introduced in the fourth century from North Africa to Spain to Mexico and fusion cuisine began as early as that! There is a lot of Spanish influence on Mexican food. Frequently used spices in Mexican cuisine include chili powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, jalapeno chili and cocoa. While Mexican cuisine has a very wide range to choose from and has six regional styles mainly, the point to be noted is that the Mexican food that is so popular outside Mexico, including Tortilla and Nachos is not so popular in Mexico. However, some all-time favorites include Guacamole, Enchiladas and Burrito.
Mexicans have also given us the ultimate nectar. Chocolate! The word chocolate originates in Mexico’s Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahautl word xocolatl. Chocolate was first drunk rather than eaten. The range of chocolate desserts is delectable. Can we thank them enough?