Did you know that? In 2010, Mexican cuisine is on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO).
Traditional Mexican cuisine is a complete cultural model comprising agricultural activities, ritual practices, ancient know-how, culinary techniques, customs and ancestral community behaviours.
The Mexican culinary art is very elaborate and full of symbols, with 100% natural ingredients such as; corn, beans, a wide variety of chillies, as well as tomatoes, pumpkins, avocados, vanilla, all kinds of vegetables and fruits, etc.
The famous tortilla is produced from corn. Corn goes through a culinary preparation process called nixtamalization (hulling the corn with lime water to increase its nutritional value) and then special utensils, such as "metates" and "morteros" (stone mortars), are used to make the tortilla.
Both tortilla and corn are fundamental in the preparation of most Mexican dishes.
So, it turns out that most of the "Mexican" dishes you've eaten abroad aren't always 100% Mexican, because they don't contain the main ingredient.
Have a look at some examples of 100% Mexican dishes:
Tacos de pastor
Chicharrón en salsa verde o roja
Chiles rellenos o Chiles enogada
Mole Poblano o mole verde
Sopa de Tortilla
Tinga de pollo o res
If you want to know more about it, I invite you to visit these pages where you can find more information about it: UNESCO article
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