Avocato (Aligator Pear) and Bumbo to Wash it Down

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For folks wondering if what we call Guacamole, or even avocados (aka avocato/aligator pears) are historically correct as a food item..., well they were known to English Pirates as early as 1697, and documented as being grown in Jamaica in 1696. Records of cultivation in Florida only go back to 1830, so they were imported perhaps ??? prior to that.

Here is a pretty entertaining video with some history on making an original form of what we call Guacamole, and a rum beverage called Bumbo (grog with nutmeg).
Tasting History: Pirate Guacamole and Bumbo

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So, it is reasonable to assume that they would have been seen in Texas by the first 3rd of the 19th Century? I think it was during the event in May, where I had a few with me, nobody complained or questioned them, as we all more or less came to the agreement that it was very possible.

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For folks wondering if what we call Guacamole, or even avocados (aka avocato/aligator pears) are historically correct as a food item..., well they were known to English Pirates as early as 1697, and documented as being grown in Jamaica in 1696. Records of cultivation in Florida only go back to 1830, so they were imported perhaps ??? prior to that.

Here is a pretty entertaining video with some history on making an original form of what we call Guacamole, and a rum beverage called Bumbo (grog with nutmeg).
Tasting History: Pirate Guacamole and Bumbo

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I enjoy his channel and have done a few of his dishes. I like avacado so find it pretty good any way. This was was real good
 

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So, it is reasonable to assume that they would have been seen in Texas by the first 3rd of the 19th Century? I think it was during the event in May, where I had a few with me, nobody complained or questioned them, as we all more or less came to the agreement that it was very possible.

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Yeah, and there are folks on the forum who do Florida stuff. They were probably in ports such as New Orleans, Galveston, St. Augustine, Mobile...,
Since our forum covers the Age of Piracy, the Caribbean Ocean area would be very plausible.
I was at my local grocery earlier this week and they had bags of avocados with rather small but ripe fruit... would be the perfect size at an event, since the avocados 300 years ago were smaller than the average size ones today. No idea if some exporter got a crop of undersized fruit and thought "put a half-dozen in a net sack, and sell them to folks to cut in half when packing a lunch." or some such idea. Otherwise they may simply be early and small, so not always available.

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