Turkeys

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If one were to do a DNA test of the Thanksgiving bird, the results would most likely trace it back to the central Mexican plateau.

The smell of a turkey roasting in the oven fills the air as family and friends gather around American dinner tables. Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in the United States.

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Popcorn

The Aztecs loved popcorn. They called it momochitl (mo-mo-cheetl), and it was used not only for food but also for decoration, adornment and ceremonial purposes.

Indigenous people of MesoAmerica would have had difficulty surviving without this important Mexican grain. Prior to the domestication of corn, its wild predecessor, teosinte sustained native populations.

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Mole

Zebra Kettle Corn

Corn Casserole

Avocado Cheesecake

Word of the Week

Quarantine

Based in Italian, and with the same latin roots as the spanish word “cuarentena,” this word has an interesting history. It stems from “quaranta” meaning forty. In the middle ages, ships arriving at italian ports from areas known to have outbreaks of the black plague were required to keep passengers and crew on board in port for forty days. This was done to determine if anyone on board had the disease because the disease incubation period was often just under forty days.

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