The Top Secret Life and Origins of Guacamole, as told by a Pirate!
Yar har ho! Guacamole, matey! Ye dip it, ye serve it and boy, ye love it! But what if I told you, little landlubber, that ye favorite seafood and cruise-faring topping be far more than just that? It be an adventure often untold, an adventure of unlikely origins, and a pirate’s culinary touch!
Want to find out more? Yar har har! Then read on, matey!
Who Made Guacamole?
Do you love chips? Do you love some good guacamole on those chips? Well, let me tell you straight up, you owe all those Friday night get-togethers to the pirates of old. If it weren’t for them, we would be dipping our chips on something far less awesome than guacamole. Imagine that!
Who Came up with Guacamole and When?
The first recipe for the original “guacamole” was actually recorded way back in the late 1600s by a pirate by the name of William Dampier. William traveled the world three times, and in his buccaneer travels to the “new world” (first European to reach the place actually) he definitely picked up a thing or two.
How did Dampier figure it out?
In Panama Bay, Dampier wrote about fruit as big as a large lemon with black bar-like, smooth skin. He then mentioned how it was mixed with sugar and lime juice by beating the ingredients together on a plate. Later on in the Philippines, Dampier noted that locals would cut mangoes and pickle them with salt and vinegar, and add some cloves of garlic.
These two recipes in of themselves were the introduction to the modern Guacamole (and Mango Chutney) mix we all know and love today, granted it would take a couple of hundred years before we started adding chopped tomato, onion, peppers, and salsa, but the foundation was there. (Oh, and some lemon on top, don’t know about you, but I like my guacamole ever-green).
Dampier’s Long Lasting Impression!
Not only were Dampier’s notes for these recipes widespread, (the guy was a walking culinary blog for all intents and purposes) but he also popularized terms like “chopsticks,” “barbecue,” “cashew,” “tortilla,” and so on, terms that, just like good old guacamole, are still thriving to this very day.
Sure, good old Dampier might have not have had the best track record in our modern standards (some of his recipes included some currently endangered species), but we can’t deny how much we owe the guy, and not just on parties and soccer finals. Dampier was a tried and true pirate like the fiction we love likes to portray them, thirsty for adventure, and twice as hungry too.
And you too can ease that seafaring, guacamole hunger as well! By hopping aboard one of our many tours on offer (though between ye and me, I personally recommend the Cabo Pirate one, matey!).
As always, keep yer eyes on the horizon, me hearties! Adventure will be sure to follow!
-Yar Matey Signing Out!