|Aztec Gardens: The Pre-Hispanic
Plants and Foods of Mexico
A guide to the origins of modern Mexican cuisine
(Please take the time to visit our other site, Festival of Mexico Folk Arts!)
Mexico is a living culinary and ethno botanical museum, with many of the
traditions of ancient Mesoamerican cuisine still present today in modern
Because Mexican cuisine is such a unique blend of pre-Hispanic and
European traditions, the Mexican government recently asked UNESCO (The
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) that it
declare the culinary traditions of Mexico a world cultural patrimony and a
"Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity."
See this article from Pop Matters for more information about Mexico's
request to grant "Masterpiece Status" to their culinary traditions.
From the dozens of chile varieties grown and enjoyed throughout the
country, to the sweet and delicious delights of chocolate, ancient Mexico
has given much to the world.
There is a vast variety of pre-Hispanic foods and traditions from
Mesoamerica to explore. Amaranth, chocolate, tomatoes, tequila, corn, and
squash, all have their history in the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica. Click
here for our list of the pre-Hispanic foods of Mexico.
This website is intended to promote this important cultural heritage so that
the culture and traditions of Pre-Hispanic Mexico and Mesoamerica live on.
In this site, you'll find information on:
And please don't forget to check out our other sites as well:
The Pre-Hispanic Plants
and Foods of Mexico
Exploring Chocolate: Learn about the history of chocolate,
check out chocolate products from Mexico and free trade
chocolates, and review delicious chocolate recipes.
Mexican Culture For Kids: Where kids, teachers, and
students come to learn about Mexican culture.