Despite the fact that they are our neighbors there are some things which you possibly don’t know about the nation just south of the border. I have been traveling through Mexico for a number of years now and I have learned so much about this country, things that I never had any idea about prior to visiting.
Many of us know that Mexico is a country which has a rich history of ancient civilizations, and that they produce some absolutely delicious food. Here however are some things which not many people know about the country, which I wish to share with you today.
Dried Out Lake Bed
Oddly enough, whilst the city is a vast and densely populated space, Mexico City is actually built on top of 2 dried out lakes. This is something which you will recognize instantly when you are in the city, because in some areas the streets actually move when a large vehicle passes by. The earthquakes which the city is known for, actually rarely take place in the city. The epicenter is often in Guerrero or Oaxaca, but because of the soft land the effect is felt heavily in the capital. This is why the alert, which gives a minute or so warning to the citizens, has been such a revelation.
There are two products in particular which are produced in the country, which I really didn’t realize were to such a high level. The first is wine and the second is coffee. I had a feeling that wine was made here, given the proximity to California, but I had no idea just how good the quality was. In terms of coffee, here in the states of Chiapas and Veracruz, you will find some high grade coffee options which has actually won awards in the past. Wine too is big business and throughout Baja California and Queretaro, there is a broad range of award winning wines too.
There are two inventions in particular which you may not realize came from Mexicans. The first was one which my friend Rose Burillo told me about, and that was the Cesar salad. Now this was something that was created by an Italian, but it was created at the Four Seasons hotel in Tijuana, for a Fourth of July celebration. The second invention which is credited to Mexicans, or Mayans more specifically, is popcorn. Mexicans are generally known as Children of the Corn, because of the nation’s heavy dependence on this crop. The Mayans learned that when corn was placed inside closed earth pots, that the corn would pop and explode, and that it tasted pretty darn good when it did. They may not have had microwaves, but they found the way to pop that corn anyway.
Did you know that these inventions were from Mexico? What has your country produced for the world which many may not have realized? Let us know in the comments below this post.