Mexican Caviar: World Record Guacamole Weighed 3 Tonnes

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Lovers of the stuff call it ‘green gold’ or ‘Mexican caviar.’ The beloved avocado-based dish known as guacamole is popular around the world.

Now Mexico has set a world-record for the delightful dip. It took 25,000 avocados and 1,000 people to create the biggest ever guacamole, weighing in at 3 tonnes (6,600 pounds.)

More than 600 student chefs and 400 people from the rural town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires prepared the traditional dish for thousands of people, many of whom came from the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara. 

The mass mash-up was part entertainment and part politicking, as growers and Mexico make the point that they -- and the guacamole loving Americans -- have benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement that is now under threat from U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States met in the Mexican capital this weekend to discussing revamping the 23-year-old NAFTA accord that Trump has threatened to end if he does not get concessions. 

Some 80% of U.S. avocado consumption comes from Mexico’s growing expanse of orchards. Jalisco has become the second biggest producer of the Hass variety in Mexico behind Michoacan state, according to producers.

Avocadoes are an increasingly popular crop in some U.S. states too. But Mexican growers of the fruit say U.S. production of avocado could not meet expanding demand. 

“The imports of avocados from Mexico have not cost one single job to the domestic industry [in the United States],” said Ramon Paz, the spokesman for Michoacan’s growers.

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