The Wonderful World of Guac


Murray Kline, Writing Master

Before avocados were called avocados, they were called aguacate. Guacamole was made by the Aztecs, who called it aguaca-moli. Later in life, they called it alligator pears, but in 1927, the Californian avocado growers exchange wanted to change it. The avocados’ most famous variety was patented by a postal worker and is also a member of the Lauraceae family, which is in the same family as bay leaves, cinnamon, camphor, and sassafras. Around 90 percent of avocados were made in Mexico, and the biggest guacamole serving was about 3 tons and made by 450 people. In 1914, Mexico didn’t allow their avocados into the United States but after a two-year debate, the USDA lifted the ban in 1997. 

How to make your own guacamole

1/4 cup of diced jalapenos                                                                                        

2 avocados                                                  

½ cup of cilantro                                                                                                     

½ cup of chopped onion                                

7 or 8 cherry tomatoes


Serving size: 2 to 3 people

Cut the avocados and scoop them into the bowl

Put the jalapenos cilantro and onion into the bowl

Cut each tomato in half and crush and mix with a fork

Add salt and mix with a spoon until it is mashed