Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th through October 16th which corresponds with Mexican Independence Day which was celebrated on September 16th. This day recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship. On September 15th day is when the formal signing of the Act of Independence of Central America in 1821 and in 1988 the US Congress decided to expanded the week of Hispanic Heritage Independence celebration to a full month.
Today, 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.
Every region in the Latin-Americas countries have a different types of cuisines of foods. In Mexico, there is Nopales which is prickly pear cactus paddles which are a good source of fiber and tend to be sauteed or boiled and consumed as a vegetable. Also in Mexico, rice is typically eaten before the main course or the beans and chilies which is very common in a variety of Mexican dishes was first domesticated in Mexico.
In Central America, the diets of the people there share several commonalities although there can be variety of differences in preparations and ingredients that are used in the food. The staples of the traditional diet are corn (maize), rice and beans (frijoles). The most popular type of beans varies from country to country such as Guatemala where black beans are commonly used and in Costa Rica where the red or pinto beans are used in variety of dishes.
In South America, the climate, geography, religion and culture influence which foods are cultivated and served, and the cuisines of natives and colonizers have mingled to create different regional styles of dishes. In southeastern Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay pasta dishes and pizza are common in the regions influenced by Italians. Traditional meals include beans; rice; meat, chicken, pork or seafood, vegetables, fruits and desserts.
There are so much different foods and cultural influences style of dishes and cuisines throughout the Latin American region that it would take me days to try to taste them all. So make today a chance to learn more about the Latin/Hispanic heritage and culture and celebrate with an amazing tasty cultural cuisine.