Guacamole was made by the Aztecs as early as the 16th century. The name comes from an Aztec dialect via Nahuatl. The word guacamole literally translates to “avocado sauce”, from ahuacatl (“avocado”) and mulli (“sauce”). In past years, Guacamole has pushed avocado sales to 45 million pounds on Super Bowl Sunday.
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.
Mexico is the world’s largest avocado producer, harvesting more than 2 billion pounds a year. That’s enough avocados to make guacamole for 8 billion people!