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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:40 PM

2,500-year-old chocolate may have been used by Maya as condiment

2,500-year-old chocolate may have been used by Maya as condiment
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 7:44PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 9:02PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate rather than a cup, suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food.

Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite.

But the discovery announced this week by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History expands the envelope of how chocolate may have been used in ancient Mexico.

It would also suggest that there may be ancient roots for traditional dishes eaten in today's Mexico, such as mole, the chocolate-based sauce often served with meats.

More:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/2-500-year-old-chocolate-may-have-been-used-by-maya-as-condiment-1.902123#ixzz22RUJO3DN

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Reply 2,500-year-old chocolate may have been used by Maya as condiment (Original post)
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 OP
louis-t Aug 2012 #1
azurnoir Aug 2012 #2
AsahinaKimi Aug 2012 #3
nikto Aug 2012 #4
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #5
nikto Aug 2012 #7
Quantess Aug 2012 #6
a la izquierda Aug 2012 #8

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:00 PM

1. This is pretty amazing....but

Do NOT...eat that chocolate! I keep thinking of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine eats her boss's 200 year old cake. "Do you have any idea what buttercream frosting that has been in a damp basement for 200 years can do to you? I have a feeling what you are about to experience will be punishment enough."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:45 PM

2. Thanks

apparently mole' has been around for quite some time

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:36 AM

3. I have had

Chicken Mole and it has a wonderful flavor. Someone told me it takes all day to make.. that it was used by ancient people doesn't seem so surprising, since it was probably abundant every where in that region.


The world loves chocolate and hot cocoa. I have been to the ghirardelli chocolate factory, as well as to Hershey chocolates in Pennsylvania. Once you enter the room full of giant vats, swirling the tons of chocolate, that aroma never ever seems to leave your
memory!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:39 AM

4. Actually, chocolate pre-dates Maya

It goes back to early Mocha-Java Man, at least.

Maybe even earlier.

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Response to nikto (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 07:52 PM

5. Makes perfect sense!

Of course, at least as far back as Mocha-Java Man!



Absolutely!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:50 PM

7. I think the human timeline goes something like this...

From past to present:

Zinjanthropus
Pithecanthropus
Australopithecus
Java Man
Moch-Java Man
Neanderthal Man
Cro-Magnon Man
Filet-Mignon Man
Modern, coffee-drinking, BBQing, Big-screen TV-watching, Man

But wait...

The next step in evolution...

Cannabis-Man

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 03:57 AM

6. Great find, but I am not surprised at all.

Who wouldn't try all kinds of uses for cacao, if they had it around?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 06:26 PM

8. There's a phenomenal article...

written by a historian, about the uses of chocolate as a tool of gender, power, and sexuality in colonial Guatemala.
Anyone interested, and I can email you a PDF. It had my students squirming.

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