first_imgThere is one notable difference between real and faux guac, it reports. That is that the squash version of the dish lacks the chunky consistency ideal for dunking chips. As avocado prices continue to skyrocket in Mexico, some of the nation’s taco restaurants are cutting high category costs with an unexpected type of fraud – ‘faux guacamole’.According to The Guardian, a number of taquerias have begun to substitute squash in their guac recipes, which reportedly results in a similar end product. You might also be interested in Avocados in Charts: Market jumps US$5 in one week … July 24 , 2019 The factors behind the guac fraudThe reason behind the substitution is likely the soaring price of the beloved avocado, reports The Guardian.It quotes Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, explaining.“Basically, the prices have gone up significantly over the last year.”That’s due to a poor crop last year in Mexico that many are still paying for. As a result, wholesale prices have doubled and retail prices have tripled, Charlebois says.Rising border trade tensions are also forcing up prices. In addition, the crop in California was low. This was due to last summer’s devastating heatwave in central and southern California; the scorching temperatures slowed down the trees’ blooming, reports the publication.“As the world gets hotter, we’d expect more viruses and problems with the crop,” it quotes Charlebois saying.At the same time, the demand for the fruit is going up. No diet discriminates against avocados – not vegans, vegetarians, keto diet followers or omnivores, Charlebois points out. Everyone eats avocados, he says.Read the full story here Calavo kicks off 2019 with record results as Q1 ne … However, taco lovers are crying foul over the discovery that their guacamole might not be what it seems, it reports.First uncovered on social media and reported in Chilango magazine, some taco stands in the country are substituting calabacitas – a bright green Mexican squash – for pricier avocados in the famous dip.Once boiled and blended up with the traditional combination of ingredients – tomatillo, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno – it can be hard to tell the difference, the Guardian reports.No one knows how long the guac bait-and-switch has been going on, and it likely isn’t just limited to taquerias in Mexico, warns the publication. Peruvian Police make arrest after spate of avocado … Some side-by-side testers at LA Taco declared the squash sauce just as tasty, with a hint of sweetness, but not all taco lovers agree. South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl … last_img

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