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Tradition for many, this is why tamale is so important to Latino Americans

San Antonio – When thinking about Hispanic heritage, many South Texas people think about history, culture, and food, especially Tamale.

They come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s the meaning behind them that reminds people of their roots.

“Growing up, it was a way of life,” said Herlinda Lopez-Wood, vice president of Delicious Tamales.

For many Hispanic families, whether corn husks or banana leaves, the process itself is an event.

Family and friends meet, especially during the holidays, to connect the traditions that have been passed down for generations.

“You learn from scratch, cut the foil, wash the corn shells, and do a little job,” Lopezwood said.

Delicious Tamales has been in San Antonio for 41 years and currently operates in seven locations, the first of which will open later this fall in Austin, Texas.

Lopez-Woods said the tradition has evolved over the years and includes people from all disciplines.

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“We see all kinds of cultures coming through. There are African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics,” she said.

However, this can be time consuming.

“Many people can’t do that the old-fashioned way,” said owner Valerie Gonzalez.

Employees typically form an assembly line, producing 3,000 to 4,000 tamales a day with 13 flavors.

It is then frozen raw, sold to local restaurants and special events, and shipped nationwide.

The average customer cooks dozens of dishes in the morning and is ready to go out.

This is also the time for workers to prepare for the vacation rush.

It takes a lot of effort and dedication, but Lopez said, “If it’s a labor of love, it doesn’t feel that difficult.”

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Tradition for many, this is why tamale is so important to Latino Americans

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