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Maya Used Chocolate as Spice 2,500 years ago

Cacao traces found on two pieces of Mayan pottery in Mexico suggest pre-Hispanic culture may have added chocolate-flavored sauce to food like Molé. A joint research project between Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and Millsaps College, Mississippi, revealed a specific ratio of theobromine and caffeine compounds typical of cacao in the residue.

The artifacts were found at the Paso del Macho site in the Yucatan, and one of the fragments appears to be a serving plate. Dating of the residue places it between 600 and 500 B.C. Previous evidence of cacao use has only been associated with drinking vessels, mostly in other parts of Central America, up to about 1,000 years older than the new findings.

“One of the pottery shards that has been identified as having had cacao residue was not a bowl or jar, as is typical, but a plate,” said chemist Timothy J. Ward at Millsaps College in a press release.

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Mexican Talavera

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Mexican Talavera

Mexico is a place full of natural resources, one of them being clay. When we think of clay we think of Puebla since it is home to some of Mexico’s finest. Since pottery is made out of clay, Puebla quickly developed as the center of pottery in colonial Mexico.

Fine ceramics and handmade pottery are trademarks of Mexico. The first and most predominant type of pottery and tile work in Mexico is Talavera. Named after the Spanish city of Talavera de la Reina, it refers to any earthenware involving handmade pottery or ceramics. It was introduced by Spanish monks in the 1600 century. These monks wanted this Spanish earthenware product that they couldn’t found in Mexico so they sent for craftsmen from Talavera de la Reina in Spain, and they taught indigenous Pueblan people how to work the clay to create colorful tiles and decorative pieces for churches and monasteries.

Authentic Mexican Talavera has become popular around the world, it is used in homes and businesses, dinnerware, plant vases, and to adorn homes. Whatever the use, Talavera’s rich history and cultural importance continues to live on every handmade unique piece.

At La Corona we wanted to reflect our latin roots in the decoration, integrating talavera with our interior design to feel closer to home.