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National Spicy Guacamole Day

Spicy-GuacamoleNovember 14 is Spicy Guacamole Day! Guacamole is an avocado-based dip or sauce that typically consists of mashed avocados and is mixed with various ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and spices. Guacamole has become so popular that you can celebrate it on TWO days! There is also a National Guacamole Day on September 16.

Guacamole was originally created in the 16th century by Aztecs in Mesoamerica. In their dialect, the dish was called āhuacamolli which translates to “avocado sauce.” Guacamole became a popular dish in Mexico since then, and avocados were introduced to the United States in 1871 by Judge R.B. Ord who planted three trees in Santa Barbara, California. Mexico is still the world’s top producer of avocados, but California is a close second. The most popular avocado in the United States is the Hass avocado, and 95% of them are grown in California. Contrary to popular belief, avocados are actually a fruit, and contain the highest amount of protein of any fruit and have more potassium than bananas. They also contain about 20 vitamins and minerals and monosaturated fats which are “good fats” that have been known to help manage cholesterol and heart problems in place of saturated fats.

The first recipes for guacamole appeared in recipe books in the 1940s, but it didn’t gain popularity in America until the 1970s. To celebrate today and make your own spicy guacamole, be sure to add chile peppers to your original recipe for a kick! If you don’t have a recipe of your own, check out these delicious recipes:

Sources: TortillaLand, Wikipedia

 

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First Streetcar Goes into Operation

On this day in 1832, the first streetcar went into operation in New York City. John Stephenson, president of the John Stephenson Company, invented and patented the streetcar for the New York and Harlem Railroad, founded by John Mason. The horse-drawn streetcar was named after Mason.

Celebrate by learning about the history of the streetcar! And if you live in a city with a streetcar system or a similar but modern light rail system, hop on for a ride or use that as your sole means of transportation for the day.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com, The History Box

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