Do You Want to Know All About Salsa

Deja Simpson

History of Salsa

  • Salsa sauce is traced to ancient Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.
  • They refined pepper and tomato plants and worked with them until they had developed hot peppers and tomatoes.
  • Peppers and tomatoes had gone from the Incas into Mexico and Central America.
  • The word “salsa” was derived from the Latin salsa ("salty"), from sal ("salt").

Who First ate Salsa and Where?

  • Aztecs combined chilies with tomatoes or tomatillos to produce salsa
  • Domesticated tomatoes and Tomatillo plants allowed for salsa to become a staple of the Aztec diet
  • It was served with venison, wild turkey, lobster and fish

  • The Spanish were first exposed to tomatoes and this dish after they conquered the Aztecs

History of Consumption

  • In 1494, Dr. Diego Álvarez Chanca brings the first chilies to Spain

  • Chilies are first domesticated in Latin America in the period 5200 B.C.E. to 3400 B.C.E.

  • In 1916, Charles E. Erath of New Orleans is the first person to manufacture a salsa product

Fun Facts!

  • National Salsa Day is May 29
  • Salsa is the spanish word for sauce
  • Salsa has become North Americas top selling condiment
  • Salsa is one of the oldest condiments around

Top Selling Companies for Salsa

  1. Tostitos Salsa
  2. Pace Salsa
  3. Chi's Chi's Salsa
  4. Herdez Salsa
  5. Ortega Salsa
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