The cuisine and culinary traditions of the Ancient Mayans were diverse and extensive.
The Mayans were hunters, fishers and used their own gardens to grow their food supply. Their most traditional dishes use a variety of ingredients. Their largest crop production was maize (corn). Cacao, another principle crop, was used in a sacred drink and also as an exchange unit in its grain form. The Spanish colonization brought change to the region.
They introduced not only a new religion and lifestyle, but also new flavors and ingredients. The Spaniards also introduced alcohol, resulting today that Guatemala produces one of the world’s finest rums. Guatemalans still use many Mayan ingredients and recipes, such as corn and stone grinding.
The result of the Mayan traditional dishes and their colonization has left us with a fusion of flavors and a new Guatemalan culinary identity.
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