SALSA – A CRASH COURSE
For thousands of years, some version of what we know today as salsa was so ubiquitous to the Aztec, Maya and Inca that they didn’t even have a name for it.
A diet of mild corn, beans, squash, along with fatty meats, benefited immeasurably from a mash-up of spicy chiles, squash seeds, tomatoes, onions, lime juice and cilantro. They probably put that stuff on everything.
Today, salsa is the most popular condiment in the world, outselling even ketchup.
In its many permutations, salsa’s common denominator is always peppers.
While tomatoes, onions, lime, and cilantro play important roles in the most basic salsa fresca, chiles are pivotal in all salsas.