|A lovely assortment of guacamole,|
avocado, and garnishes.
Cacao - The Nahuatl term cacahuatl refers to the beans of the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas. The beans themselves hold seeds, known as cacaua in Nahuatl, which are used to make both cocoa and chocolate!
Chocolate - Speaking of one of the world's most popular flavors, its name comes from the Nahuatl word xocolātl. The term is thought to be a combination of xocolia, meaning "to make bitter", and -atl, meaning "water", though it has recently been disputed by some linguists.
Chili Pepper & Chipotle - These spicy red peppers are named for the Nahuatl word chīlli, and are a great addition to just about any dish. When you combine the Nahuatl term poctli meaning "smoke" with it, you get chilpoctli, the smoke-dried jalapeños known as chipotles in English.
|A leaf-wrapped tamale, ready to enjoy.|
Tomato - We'd like to know what Europeans ate before tomatoes were brought over from the Americas. They certainly weren't eating pizza or pasta with delicious tomato-based sauces! This essential fruit was originally named tomatl, from the Nahuatl term tomana "to swell", literally meaning "the swelling fruit".
If you've been paying attention over the last two days, you may have been wondering why most of the original Nahuatl terms end in -tl, -tli, or -li. This is, in fact, a suffix that the language uses to mark unpossessed singular nouns!