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S alsa is the Spanish word for sauce and can mean any type of sauce. The salsas we usually think of are typically made of a combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices, though they can be made from other vegetables and fruits. These sauces can be smooth, chunky, raw, cooked and either be served at room temperature, chilled or warm. The most popular type of salsa is a salsa cruda, which means raw sauce or may be known as salsa fresca , fresh sauce. These are made with chopped tomatoes, onions, and fresh green jalapeno or Serrano peppers and can include lime juice, cilantro, garlic and other ingredients.
The history of Salsa can be traced back to the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. The Indians cultivated tomato and pepper plants. The Indian people combined tomatoes with peppers and ground squash seeds to use as a condiment on their meat and seafood dishes. The Indians used a molcajete, a s tone tool similar to a mortar and pestle to make the sauce. This method was still used until the blender became popular.
When the Spanish conquered Mexico they were introduced to the tomato, hence the beginning of our current Salsa.
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