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Guacamole

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Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado-based relish or dip originating in Mexico. In addition to avocados, the basic ingredients are lime or lemon juice, and salt. Variations often include tomato or tomatillo, chiles, onion, cilantro, garlic, and other spices. It is usually eaten with tortilla chips, although it can be spooned onto or into almost any savory Mexican dish. The name guacamole comes from Mexican Spanish via Nahuatl AhuacamOlli, from Ahuacatl (="avocado") + mOlli (="sauce"). In Spanish it is pronounced IPA [wakaˈmole] and in English it is pronounced or sometimes in British English . There are different types and varieties of avacados that can be used in guacamole.

Recipes for guacamole vary, and are somewhat dependent on availability of ingredients as well as personal taste. Wherever avocados are expensive, guacamole is considered a delicacy; therefore, tomatoes, sour cream, mayonnaise, cottage cheese, or green peas may be mixed in as a filler, but such preparations are often considered inferior because they dilute and mask the delicate flavor of the avocado. Mexicans sometimes refer to diluted guacamole often served in low-cost taqueras as "aguamole", a portmanteau of Spanish 'agua' ('water') and guacamole. Most guacamole recipes start with fresh peeled avocados, which are put into a bowl and mashed with a knife or fork. An acidic juice, typically lime, is then added; in addition to its flavouring, the juice keeps the guacamole from discoloring or oxidizing upon exposure to air. Other ingredients, typically finely minced or chopped, are then mixed into the avocado and lime base.

Guacamole is popular in the United States as a snack food, especially around holidays. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for around 5% of annual avocado sales.

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