Of course, food is also an important part of the history and customs of any civilization. Michoacán is not an exception. It enjoys a great tradition and culinary variety that delights everybody. As in all mesoamerican towns, corn (one of many gifts from Mexico to the world) has been the basis of nutrition in this part of the country since prehispanic times and is also related with beliefs and religious practices.
Besides corn, there are some other foods that are important in Michoacan’s gastronomy, and to a large extent revolutionized the European kitchen. These include beans, chili (many varieties of hot and mild peppers), tomato, potato, cacao, calabash or squash (and its flowers and seeds), camote (sweet potato), chayote (a native squash-like fruit), avocado, yucca (a sweet tuber), nopal (the pad of prickly pear cactus), tuna (the red fruit of the prickly pear) and some derivative products of the maguey and other cacti.