May 6th, 2017
Any City, USA: All across America last night people were drinking Mexican beer and tequila, and eating mayonnaise. The celebration is based on the famous battle between Mexican and French troops In the city of Puebla on the 5th of May, 1862. RFN reporter Andy Mocksham spent the evening with an expert on the subject of the history of this celebration, Adipose Hellman.
“Most Americans mistakenly believe that Cinco De Mayo is the Mexican independence day, but that is actually in September” Hellman said.
“The other faulty belief is that the battle was against European colonization of Mexico, when in fact is was the culmination of a conflict that had begun over a century earlier between France and Spain over who invented the now famous condiment, Mayonnaise.”
“France and Spain had been fighting over the original recipe and who created it since 1756.”
“The first battle was on the Mediterranean island of Minorca. The French believed that the recipe for “A magic sauce” was being hidden by the Spanish on the island. The French insisted that it was their creation, and not Spain, and that the original recipe would be able to prove the claim that Mayeu was indeed French, and not Salsa Mahonesa as the Spanish claimed.”
Hellman continued, “ The quest to prove ownership and profits from mayonnaise continued for decades and the French were certain that Spain had taken the recipe to Mexico. On May 5th, 1862 French forces invaded the city of Puebla searching for it and were defeated by outnumbered Mexican troops.”
“France eventually gave up their quest for the recipe and that freed up mayo to be mass produced. It was never really spicy enough for Mexicans to fall in love with, but Americans really enjoy it.”
“That is why Americans celebrate Cinco De Mayo and Mexicans just give it a big “Meh”.
“The question of whether France or Spain invented mayonnaise will probably never be answered since the original recipe has never been found.”
“But no one disagrees that Americans created the ketchup and mayo combination Secret Sauce.”