Mexico is full of sweet flavors. And one that we can find in every corner is the ate: a pasta made with fruit and sugar that we can eat alone or accompany with a little panela cheese.
But how did this delight come about? We share their story with you.
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Ate: a story of flavor and color
The ate recipe emerged during the Viceroyalty of New Spain, based on the traditional quince paste from Spain (that is why quince paste is very popular). The difference between this and the Spanish recipe is that the Mexican ate is prepared with various fruits.
It was in Michoacán that ate was born as we know it today.
In 1595, the Dominican nuns arrived in this State, establishing there a convent that was active until the year 1738. During that period, they prepared a jelly based on fruit pulp, which we know as ate.
However, back then this jelly had another name. “Ate” was the ending that was added to the preparation depending on the fruit with which it was made: apple, guayabate, and more.
The traditional ate was prepared by cooking the fruits in pieces in a bain-marie, with everything and peels and seeds, until it was smooth like pasta. The pulp was filtered through a not very fine mesh to remove seeds and hard pieces.
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Curiosities about this sweet
- It can be made with almost any fruit, the most used are: apple, mango, guava, tejocote, quince, strawberry and sapote.
- Although it is made in various states of Mexico, Michoacán has the designation of origin, with a variety called “ate de Morelia”.
- Not only for this sweet, Michoacán has an entire sweet tradition known worldwide, such as its Candy and Handicrafts Market and its famous Sweet Museum, in force since the time of the Porfiriato.
- It is usually one of the traditional ingredients of the rosca de Reyes.
- It is believed that its origin is more remote than it seems: in the Middle East there is a sweet made of fruit paste that was possibly introduced in Spain during the Muslim invasion.
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