These are the Spanish words for chocolate, avocado and tomatoes. Notice how they all end in “te?” That means they are Aztec food words.
If you’re like me, you can’t imagine a world without these three things. Especially chocolate. The first known consumers of chocolate — the Mayans in the Yucatan and Central America — considered it a sacred drink, and they gathered cacao plants from the jungle to grow in their gardens, so they could always have some handy.
Later, when the Aztecs began to dominate Mexico, they discovered the rich flavor of chocolate, and made it a central part of the culture. They likened it to “drinking the blood of gods.”
When the Spanish invaded, they brought it back to Europe, and there too people consumed it as if it were sent from heaven. Today, millions — if not billions — of people will consume a substance that originated way down here in Mexico, a thousand years ago.