Mexican ingredients have enriched world cuisine

The Mesoamerican origin of these foods, which have been used since pre-colonial times, have crossed borders to enrich world cuisine

Mexican ingredients have enriched world cuisine
Tomato is of Mexican origin and it's used all over the world- Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 15/11/2018 12:03 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 16:01
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As part of the celebrations of the Mexican Gastronomy Day, the firm Kantar Worldpanel emphasized that without four ingredients that originated in Mexico, the world cuisine wouldn't be the same.

For Mariana Cruz, manager of Usage Food Panel, part of the agency that investigates consumer behavior, tomato is the protagonist of several dishes since; each week, 7 out of 10 Mexican families cook stews with it, that is, 19% of dishes include it.

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"While all the dishes called Mexican use this ingredient, international food such as pizza, pasta, and even hot dogs and hamburgers, wouldn't have their characteristic flavor without this Mexican ingredient," she said.

On the other hand, beans are a legume consumed in 6 out of 10 families, at least three times a week and are present at Mexican tables 13% of the time.

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In the case of tortilla, a food made from nixtamalized corn, it has become a basic ingredient in the national gastronomyIt is used as the base of some dishes or in combination with stews, and it's consumed by Mexicans on a daily basis.

And lastly, avocado is used to complement various dishes, it's eaten in 27% of households each week. It is eaten mainly during meals and dinners, especially in sauces, such as guacamole.

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Kantar Worldpanel highlighted the Mesoamerican origin of these foods, which were used since pre-colonial times, and which has crossed borders to enrich world cuisine.


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