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Mexico Goes for the World's Largest Guacamole Record

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April 12, 2013

450 Mexican high school students have unofficially broken the Guinness Record for the worlds largest guacamole. The colossal appetizer retained its traditional flavor - made with all the classic ingredients

Tancítaro, Mexico - The world's largest guacamole - almost 3 tons of avocado mixed with onions, tomatoes, and lemons - was prepared in Tancítaro, Michoacán, Mexico; thus, unofficially breaking the Guinness Record that the US still holds.

"I want to say that with 5,886 pounds, the record for the world's biggest guacamole has been broken," reported the unofficial result Salvador Torres Mora, Mayor of Tancitaro.

At exactly 10 am on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 450 high school students, with scrupulous hygiene and coordination started removing the pulp from tons of avocados and mixing it with the other ingredients.

The challenge was to beat the 3,763 pound record. It only took an hour and 40 minutes for Tancítaro to achieve the feat as part of its second Avocado Fair.

Blanca Esthela Paredes, organizer of the event, explained that they divided the boys into groups to speed up the process of preparing, "110 people to chop tomatoes, 110 for chopping onions, 110 for pulping avocado, 40 to stir the guacamole, and 50 for the lemons," she detailed.

The guacamole retained its traditional flavor; it was made with the same basic ingredients used by Mexicans for centuries. In total 249 pounds of onions, 706 pounds of tomatoes, and almost 30 gallons of lemon juice were used, explained Liliana Montero Meza, coordinator of the guacamole preparation.

A special scale for weighing the guacamole, with a 4.5 ton capacity and a display showing the progress by the minute, was also made, said Marco Antonio Ruiz, director of Servibásculas. The weighing machine was equipped with a container for the ingredients, and the students were given wooden paddles to give shape and flavor to the guacamole.

The public notary number 155 of Michoacán, Antonio Álvarez, testified that the guidelines and requirements for aspiring to the Guinness Record were met. "We had to do what we are doing with witnesses, government officials, and a public Act by a public notary to compensate for the absence of a delegate from the central office of the Guinness World Record from England," said Antonio Álvarez.

One of the key requirements was for the guacamole to comply with the hygiene conditions so that it would be edible, "that the student wore robes, as you can see, hairnets, masks, and had very clean hands," said the mayor Salvador Torres Mora.

Tancítaro, Michoacán, is located on the slopes of the mountain of the same name, and its known as the world capital of avocados'. There are almost 55,000 acres planted, of which over 42,000 are exported, primarily to the United States, Canada, and Japan, and the rest is consumed in the domestic market.