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Six Things About Tacos

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// ©Dollar Photo Club / Yeko Photo Studio

Explosive origins

The word “taco” traces back to 18th-century silver mines in Mexico. A “taco” referred to paper-wrapped gunpowder, which was used to excavate ore from the ground.

Can it

From the 1940s to the 1980s, corn tortillas were sold in cans in the US, which were first introduced by George N Ashley, founder of Ashley’s Mexican Foods. The tortillas were sold this way so they could lie flat. Canned tortillas are obsolete in supermarkets now, having been replaced by plastic bags.

The weight of popularity

In 2015, more than 4.5 billion tacos were consumed in the United States. That’s 775-million pounds, which would equal the weight of two Empire State Buildings.

Taco smarts

Everything you need to know about tacos can be found in La Tacopedia, which is a thoroughly researched encyclopedia about regional Mexican tacos. The 320-page book—it’s only available in Spanish—took five years of research to create. It details the history of corn and tortillas, the 16 types of tacos and more.

All in favour?

Taco Bell started a petition to get a taco emoji made. After 32 797 taco lovers signed it, the taco emoji was introduced in October 2015 with the iOS 9.1 update.

Tacos + vodka? 

Tacos are so popular that they have their own holiday. National Taco Day is celebrated on October 4 (which is the same day as National Vodka Day). V

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