This Sunday is May 5th, but it’s probably better known as Cinco de Mayo. This fun-filled holiday celebrates Mexican heritage, as well as commemorates the freedom and Democracy of former Mexican territories that were adopted into the United States. Depending on where you live, it’s not surprising to see parties in backyards with groups of people swinging at pinatas and throwing back tequila while dipping tortilla chips in guacamole-but I’m sure you never paused to consider how getting those regional favorites is possible.
Guacamole has had a surge in popularity lately, due to the increased love for avocados, but this superfood’s origins actually lie in Mexico, where most avocados are still shipped from to this day. The world guacamole itself comes from the Aztec word “āhuacamolli”, which translates literally to “avocado sauce”.
This means next time you’re at Chipotle and order chips and guac, you can thank your local LTL driver for helping make your meal possible. America imports 80% of its avocados, with most coming directly from Mexico.
Everyone has a Tequila story, but have you ever considered the famed drink’s story? Starting production in 1795 by Spanish Don Jose Maria Guadalupe Cuervo, this drink has been a staple in North America for centuries and is considered North America’s first native distilled spirit.
While you’re drinking your favorite margarita this holiday, consider these statistics: 47% of all Tequila comes from Mexico, and 72% of that percentage goes directly to the United States. That means without the shipping industry, you’d have to settle for a cold Bud Light to wash down your chips and guac.
While it may not be a cliche staple of Cinco de Mayo parties, chocolate still should make its way into your festivities. Contrary to popular belief, the Swiss did not invent chocolate, and instead, this snacker’s favorite can be traced all the way back to the Aztecs.
Coming from the cacao bean, which is native to Mexico, chocolate plays a huge part in American culture. Such a large part, in fact, that the United States spends nearly 10.2 billion dollars a year importing it. Next time you reach for a Hershey bar, think about the driver that made it possible.
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