From pre-Hispanic heritage to the metropolitan present
The antecedents of its existence as a Mesoamerican settlement date from the Preclassic, as in the case of Cholula, housing a population of Toltec and Chichimeca origin; its etymology can come from the Nahuatl voice "Cholula", from chololli, "fugitive" or "who flees" and the suffix "lan" that indicates a place; Another meaning suggests that its name comes from the verb chololoa, which means "to run the water." So the meaning of the name Cholula perhaps means "place of those who fled", as a testimony of those migrants who settled in Cholula around 1000 AD; or "place where the water runs". The name of "San Andrés Apóstol", was assigned to it in the stage of Spanish colonization when the city was founded at the beginning around 1521-1530.
In the viceroyalty, it formed part of the circuit of indigenous communities that, due to their agricultural production, supplied the cities of Mexico and Puebla; taking likewise relevance for the commercial interchange that it maintained with Atlixco, San Martín Texmelucan, San Miguel Xoxtla and other important points of the poblano-tlaxcalteca valley.
In the present, it assimilates and reconciles the advances of the postmodern world that are registered in the country and in the world with the preservation of its culture, traditions and forms of heritage in order to also preserve its own identity.
El corn and chile they constitute the basic ingredients of Sanandrese gastronomy, based on the so-called silly tamales made only with dough, pinole, stew, quintoniles or beans; Stews composed of nopales and slices of poblano or jalapeño peppers seasoned with cheese, thyme, onion and oregano. Its sweets are made with pinole and there are pumpkin.