FOTD – Amaranth

FOTD – Amaranth

The Greek roots of the word Amaranth mean "unfading flower", due to its resistance to inclement weather and pests. The Nahuatl name is huāuhtli and it was cultivated in pre-Hispanic Mexico for its seeds, consumed in beverages (similar to atole), as a substitute of corn (where this crop was hard to cultivate), and even as part of a ceremonial treat … click on title for more

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Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

A chalupa is a small boat, usually rowed or poled. In the 16th century, when Spanish conquerors arrived to Central Mexico, they admired how the areas surrounding Tenochtitlan (today's Mexico City downtown area) had been developed into a system of gardens and farming parcels, seemingly floating on the lakes, interconnected by numerous small boats that they called chalupas. Around the same time, up North in Canada, another type of chalupa was playing an important role as well … click on title for more