Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish colonial outpost—“Ranchos de Alburquerque” (note the additional “r” letter that was later dropped from the name). The town was built as a strategic military outpost, located along the Camino Real, as well as a farming community. In time it also became the sheep-herding center of the West.
Present-day Albuquerque still retains much of its historical Spanish cultural heritage. The city’s Spanish-styled village pattern, for example, consists of a central plaza surrounded by government buildings, homes, and a church. Known as “Old Town” this central plaza area is now a public museum, cultural area, and commerce center. Our Albuquerque gift baskets try to capture the essence of Old Town, and its citizens of both the past and the present.
Albuquerque’s name has several interpretations. The New Mexican city was originally titled after a pre-12th century Spanish family. There is also a Spanish village of Albuquerque very close to the Portuguese border, and this region is famous for its large cork tree population and cork production. The name “Albuquerque” had originated from the Latin, “alba quercus” or "white oak," (since the wood of the cork oak is white once its bark is removed). Even the seal of the Spanish village of Alburquerque is a crowned white oak tree. Our Albuquerque gift basket delivery service offers a “cookies and cork” wine gift set, which allows your recipient to sip on savory wine with some expertly paired cookies for a picnic fit for Spanish royalty!
According to Western folklore, however, Alburquerque’s name can be traced back to Arabic text, with 'Al-Barquq', meaning "the plum." As further evidence, the word 'albaricoque', from the Galacian region of Spain is translated to mean "apricot". And indeed, apricots were introduced to New Mexico by Spanish settlers beginning around 1743. In fact, La Ciudad de Albaricoque was established near an apricot tree, and legend has it that the early settlers were unable to pronounce the Spanish word, hence, the birth of their own version, “Albuquerque.”
Whether you want to impress an Albuquerque local with some random trivia about his or her town’s name, or you know someone with a sweet tooth for apricots, our gift baskets delivered to Albuquerque are sure to hit the spot. Our “Ultimate Organic,” gift basket includes apricots, as well as a wide variety of fresh fruits such as apples, pears, oranges and pineapple pieces. Or you can mix it up with a “Deluxe Dried Fruit and Nut” platter featuring Turkish apricots, mixed fruit, jumbo cashews and roasted almonds.
But enough about apricots. When it comes to cuisine, Albuquerque is best known for its unique local cooking that blends both Native American and Spanish styles and often includes red and green chili peppers. The smoke-infused taste of freshly roasted green chilies and the earthy sweetness of red chili sauce are combined for a fantastic New Mexican flavor!
Chilies are such a central aspect of Albuquerque cooking that it’s a local custom for restaurants to simply ask if you would prefer “Red or green?” And if you respond, “Christmas,” then yes, you get the best of both worlds! So this Christmas, season, why not give your loved ones a Christmas-colored Albuquerque food gift basket full of flavorful hot sauce? Our “One Hot Gift” set includes red pepper and green jalapeno sauces as well as a secret “Crying Tongue” sauce and extra spicy cashews. There truly is no “hotter” gift for your Albuquerque friends who claim they can handle the heat!
Albuquerque has a lot to offer as far as parks and recreation, including the famous Albuquerque Biological Park. Many of the city's best biking and hiking regions are near the Sandia and Manzano foothills. In March, 2007, Men’s Fitness magazine even ranked the town of Albuquerque as the fittest city in the U.S, based on overall availability of gyms and bike paths, as well as commute times, and federal health statistics. So if you are searching for a great Albuquerque birthday gift basket, our juicy dipped strawberries, make for a special surprise that is equal parts healthy and decadent.