The culinary world would be quite different if not for these products that have opened for all the world country America.
The fruit grows in Central America and Mexico already for many thousands of years. The ancient Indians believed that avocado has magical powers and is a powerful aphrodisiac. Avocado contains 20% monounsaturated fat and is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Groundnuts grew in South America 7,000 years ago. In our understanding, it is a nut, and from the point of view of biology is a legume. The most popular dish is peanut butter, and the largest peanuts producer at the moment – China.
Chocolate is prepared from the cacao tree’s fruit, which grows in South America, Central America, and Mexico for over 3,000 years. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs prepared him a savory drink with the addition of chili peppers.
Without the sweet and hot peppers, it is impossible to imagine thousands of recipes around the world. It seems that in Europe, this vegetable has always been. Pepper first appeared in America more than 10 thousand years ago and was used mainly as a drug. Then pepper seeds were brought to Europe and became a widespread growing culture and use in cooking.
This vegetable or root crop from Argentina was grown in South and North America and then in Europe. Today there are more than 5,000 varieties of potatoes.
Corn – the culture of Americans for over 5000 years. This grass has played a significant role in the first settlers’ lives, helping them literally to survive. Corn can be fresh, and in cooked and dried, it is very long stored.
“Pineapple” Europeans were called pine cones, and when I first discovered this fruit in the American tropics, they thought at first that this is also a bump. It is known that the pineapple includes the enzyme that breaks down protein – this fruit has long been used to soften the meat structure.
Historians believe that tomatoes appeared in South America, and the Mayans were the first people who used tomatoes in cooking. The Spaniards brought tomatoes to Europe, where they were effectively grown. In America, long believed that tomatoes are poisonous, so they are cultivated for decoration.