National Guacamole Day
annually on September 16th
National Guacamole Day celebrates the avocado-based dip or spread, guacamole. It was first made by the Aztecs, who lived in what is now central Mexico, between the 14th and 16th centuries. Appropriately, the day is celebrated on Mexican Independence Day. The name guacamole means "avocado sauce" in Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and many times it is simply called "guac" in the United States. To make the dip, avocados and sea salt are mashed with a mortar and pestle, and ingredients such as garlic, onion, tomato, peppers, lemon or lime juice, cilantro, chili or cayenne pepper, and cumin are added. The most popular avocados for making guacamole are Hass avocados. Guacamole is most often served with tortilla chips, but it can be used in many other ways. Besides National Guacamole Day, a great amount of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo. The popularity of guacamole in the United States has grown in recent years, and this can partly be attributed to a lift on a ban on the importation of avocados, as well as the growth of the Latino population in the United States.
How to Observe
Although store-bought guacamole is available, in order to fully celebrate the holiday, you should make your own fresh guacamole. When picking out an avocado at the store, make sure to pick one that softens a bit when you apply pressure. If the store only has unripened avocados, they may take four or five days to be ready, but you can speed up the process by putting them in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple. The best way to open an avocado is to cut it lengthwise and twist it. The seed can be easily removed with a spoon. There are many different variations of guacamole and ways to make it. If you have leftover guacamole make sure to seal it in a tight container, otherwise it will oxidize and turn brown. Adding some lemon and lime juice helps stop oxidation as well.
You can eat your guacamole with chips, but it can also be eaten with vegetables or put on a sandwich. Sometimes guacamole is put on burgers, and even on fish, chicken, or pork. It can be used at any time of the day and could be put on an omelet for breakfast. It's quite healthy, being packed with vitamins, potassium, and healthy fats, although it is rather high in calories.
Friends could be invited over for this special day. Make guacamole in advance, or have a guacamole bar set up for guests to snack on. You also could host a guacamole making contest, and everyone could vote on their favorite guacamole. Everyone could then share their recipes.