CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN LIFESTYLES AND TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Derived from ancestral traditions, Mexican cuisine boasts avocado as one of its most widely used culinary jewels since time immemorial, when the Mayan and Aztec peoples offered this fruit as a delicacy to the gods, to whom they also served vanilla and cocoa to pay tribute and attract blessings.

Ynés Mexía, a Mexican-American botanist and explorer who studied everything from a remote volcano to poisonous berries, is honored with a Google Doodle in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. She is credited with the discovery of 150,000 botanical specimens.

For many Mexicans, it is very difficult to answer with a "no" when they are invited to do something they don't want or can't accept, or when they are asked to do something they can't or don't want to do, a phenomenon that surprises many foreigners.

Although it was once considered an annoying pest that attacked corn crops and was mercilessly exterminated, today the Mexican huitlacoche (or cuitlacoche) is considered a delicacy in countries like the United States, Germany and France, where it is called the Aztec caviar or the Mexican truffle because of its intensely smoky flavor, a mixture of...