Signature Cookies in Miami
History of Guava and Nutella
Gava Mama Cookie
Here in Miami we use the guava fruit fresh in our Guava Mama cookie so we decided to share a little in-depth information along with a short history lesson on this amazingly healthy fruit. Much of this information below is what inspired the making of our signature cookie. Enjoy this brief history of the fruit many have come to Love all around the world! Viva Guava Mama!
By: Julia Ostmann August 26, 2020
The origins of guava are hazy, but archaeological evidence suggests the tree was domesticated at least 5,000 years ago, likely in northern South America. The plant spread throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean islands via humans, birds, and other animals. People were eating guava in Peru by 800 BCE and in Mexico 600 years later.
In 1526, a Spaniard chronicled the first known European encounter with guava on what is now Haiti. Colonial ships introduced the tree to the Philippines and India, and soon guava took root around the world. People in these new regions developed traditional guava medicine—for hypertension in South Africa, ulcers in the Philippines, antiseptics in China—naturalizing a foreign species within local cultures in just a few centuries.
According to the AIHDP American Indian Health and Diet Project
Guava is one of the world's most popular tropical fruits, and is now grown in almost every tropical region. Its sweet, juicy fruit is both tasty and nutritiuos, and it can easily be incorporated into a wide variety of dishes or eaten by itself. The name guava may refer to many different species of small shrubby, fruit bearing plants of the Psidium genus. However, it is Psidium guajava that is most popular and has been adopted in various parts of the world (Davidson).
Archaeological evidence shows that guavas were in use in Peru by around 800 BCE. It was in Peru that they were likely domesticated, but they quickly spread through South and Central America. By about 200 BCE they had reached as far north as Mexico, and from there spread to the Caribbean islands (Davidson).
The guava was first encountered by Europeans in present day Haiti where it went by the name guayavu. This name (guayaba in Spanish), traveled with the fruit, via Portuguese and Spanish traders, around the world. By the 17th century it was well established in India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands (Davidson) (Morton).
Today the main producers of guava are Brazil and Hawaii. It has become a valuable commodity, and is traded world wide. Other major producers include Columbia, and India (Morton).
Once you bite deeper into the middle of our Nutellita the whole dynamic of the cookie changes! Especially if you warm the cookie up in the oven for up to 3 minutes at 350F degrees you will get a hearty portion of thick creamy nutella. So many people have requested this cookie that we decided to forever keep it on the menu for our guests! Enjoy this, the history of Nutella...
For this information we went straight to the source! The Nutella company website!
After World War II, cocoa was extremely scarce. Ferrero, originally from Piedmont in Italy, turned this tricky problem into a smart solution by creating a sweet paste made from hazelnuts, sugar and just a little of the rare cocoa. The precursor to Nutella® was born!
The sweet paste of the first recipe was shaped into a loaf that could be sliced and spread on bread, named after a local carnival character.
The ‘Giandujot’ paste was transformed into a creamy new product that was easier to spread. It was known as SuperCrema.
Nutella® is born
The recipe was improved, leading to the creation of the first-ever jar of hazelnut and cocoa cream. Nutella® was officially born.
The iconic jar
Nutella® and its new iconic design officially launched in Germany.
Oh la la!
Nutella® launched in France and was a great success
Success has no borders
Nutella® reached Australia and opened its first plant outside Europe in Lithgow, near Sydney.
30 Years of Optimism in France
To celebrate the “Nutella® Generation”, Ferrero launched an event in Paris that displayed iconic works of art created by artists who grew up with Nutella®. The exhibit featured big names in the art world, including Decouflé, Paco Rabanne and Wolinski.
The Guinness Book of World Records
On May 29th, 27,854 people in Gelserkirchen, Germany, participated in the “Largest Continental Breakfast Ever” with Nutella®.
World Nutella® Day
On February 5, 2007, Italian-American blogger Sara Russo mobilized all Nutella® lovers to unite in celebration of the beloved and iconic breakfast hazelnut spread. Since then, World Nutella® Day has been celebrated every year since then.
A Passion to be Shared
The global Facebook page dedicated to Nutella® reached 10 million fans in one year.
Nutella & GO! with Breadsticks launched in the USA
Half a Century of Great Memories
To celebrate Nutella®’s 50th birthday, nutellastories.com was created, where Nutella® lovers shared 76,400 stories, memories and moments. This birthday was then celebrated in 10 countries with a global event. It was such a special anniversary that Italy even issued a commemorative stamp!