Harvesting Jalapenos

The Soul of the Mexicans, Part 3

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Creating a Cuisine, by Dave DeWitt The arrival of the Spanish in Mexico had a profound effect on the cuisine of the country as the ingredients the explorers brought with them soon transformed the eating habits of the Indians. However, the Aztecs and their descendants did not give up their beloved staples such as chiles, corn, and chocolate; they combined …

Early Illustration of a Mexican Cayenne Type

The Soul of the Mexicans, Part 2

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By Dave DeWitt Aztec Chiles In 1529, Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish Franciscan friar living in Nueva España (Mexico) noted that the Aztecs ate hot red or yellow chile peppers in their hot chocolate and in nearly every dish they prepared! Fascinated by the Aztec’s constant use of a previously unknown spice, Sahagún documented this fiery cuisine in his classic …