Small rant: Geography

I’ve mentioned this before. One of the things that irritates me the most is hearing or reading the words South American linked to Mexican food or culture. It’s nothing against Mexico. I’ve been there and I love it. But it’s not in South America. It’s not even in Central America. It’s in North America, together with the United States, Canada, and a bunch of other countries. Please people, try to remember it!

A while ago I bought some white chia seeds to add to my protein shakes. The label said “Nature First Chia is sourced from South America, the home of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans where Chia grows naturally and is of the highest quality.”. South America was not home of the Aztecs and Mayans. They lived in North and Central America. Maybe the guys at Nature First got confused because their seeds are sourced from Bolivia? I hope so.

Another example appeared in the Good Living magazine a week or two ago. Pete Evans designed a menu for Christmas, which he classified as carnival-style or something like that and said that it was inspired by food of South and Central America. Yet, all “exotic” elements were Mexican. Grrrr…

2 thoughts on “Small rant: Geography

  1. I agree there’s a tendancy to lump south, central and north america into one. Really, they should say latin america if they want to do that.

    Oh and I love ‘inspired by’ as an excuse for not knowing what the hell you’re talking about as well. I mean seriously. Learn the rules and then break them! Aaron Craze’s take on ‘Mexican’ food is another example I saw recently…

    1. Thanks for empathising with my rant! :) Yeah, some people tend to think they know more than they do. And then others copy what they hear and bang! suddenly all South Americans eat tacos and drink tequila. Of course the same thing happens in the other side of the world, I saw a restaurant in Buenos Aires announcing authentic Chinese cuisine. Tempura was in the menu.

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