Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Butter (mantekiya) was not a common food item before World War II on Guam.  Refrigeration, or lack of it in many homes, was a reason, and the cost factor.

To be able to buy and store butter in the home was a sign of affluence, and one group of people were labeled for flaunting it.

A few Chamorros who joined the U.S. Navy (marino/marinu, sailor) could buy butter at the Navy commissary and were called "marinun mantekiya."  It was a way other Chamorros could tease them.

What did Chamorros use, then, as a spread on bread or other starches like lemmai (breadfruit)?
Fat from pork

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