Yesterday my friends, sister, mom and I were eating chips and guacamole. I remembered that when I was little I had called guacamole something else, but wasn’t sure what, so I asked my mom what I used to call it.
She replied, “Brocamole.” We smiled at that, and my sister said, “That would be made of broccoli, Emma.”
We had said this before, that brocamole would be made of broccoli, but yesterday I had the brilliant realization that it wouldn’t, necessarily, because guacamole isn’t made of guacals or guacali. I also realized that this would be the perfect thing to write about for a Random Facts post (it’s harder than you think coming up with interesting questions each day).
So here’s the story behind guacamole:
The name comes from the word ahuacamolli, which is Nahuatl. Nahuatl is the language of and the name for the groups of people native to southern Mexico and Central America, like the Aztecs. Broken down, it is a very practical name: ahuacatl means avocado and molli means sauce. Additionally, and I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, avocado in Spanish is aguacate, which I noticed shares the “guaca” part with guacamole.
There it is. Even though to us English-speakers guacamole is just a really yummy dip with a strange name, when you look at the history of the word it makes much more sense.