Avocados are large green skinned fruit which are grown in warm climates all over the world including California and Florida. Avocados are technically a large seed with a thick yellow green flesh. They are an important food in many countries.
Most of the avocado calories come from monounsaturated fat and avocados are high in potassium, B vitamins, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit. According to avocado.org, fresh avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can improve the nutrient quality of your diet.
10. The avocado once had a well-entrenched reputation for inducing sexual prowess. Avocados were not bought or eaten by any person wanting to keep their good name.
9. Fallbrook, California is the Avocado Capital of the World.
8. September 16th is National Guacamole Day.
7. The annual California Avocado Festival attracts 100,000 visitors to southern California every October.
6. Avocado is the only fruit color to define a generation.
5. The most common recipe for the avocado is some type of guacamole. During Super Bowl Sunday, in the US, about 50 million pounds of avocados are consumed.
4. All Hass avocados trees are grafted from one original Hass discovered by Rudolph Hass in the early 20th century.
3. Avocado calories have the highest protein content of any fruit.
2. The avocado tree is used as a warehouse; avocados can be kept on the tree for months after reaching maturity. They only soften when picked.
1. Avocados are a nutrient booster – Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
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- Avocados are in season all year long. Different varieties ripen at different times of the year.
- Salads made from fresh avocados are healthy and delicious, we like the recipe for Avocado, Walnut and Crispy Bacon salad.
- The nonprofit Environmental Working Group studied 47 fruits and vegetables and ranked them according to pesticide contamination. Least contaminated avocados rank number 2 behind first place onions.
- The Houston Chronicle says: “Testing avocados for ripeness – …A soft avocado is sometimes bruised rather than truly ripe. To be sure, flick the small stem of the avocado. If it comes off easily and you can see green underneath it, the avocado is ripe. If the stem does not come off or if you see brown underneath it, the avocado is not ripe.”
- According to the Food Marketing Institute avocados can be kept on the shelf until ripe, 2-3 days in the fridge and it is not recommended that you freeze them.
- The USDA reports that during the week prior to this posting the price for a Hass Avocado ranged from $0.99 to $1.67 across the US.
- Sprinkle open avocados with lemon or lime juice to prevent them from turning brown.
- Avocado calories have the highest protein content of any fruit.
Avocado varieties, known to botanists as “cultivars,” are created by grafting branches from an original “mother tree” onto rootstock. The seeds from a given tree will not produce trees with fruit of the same quality and characteristics.
Avocados from different varieties vary in overall size, while avocados are long and skinny, others are much more round. Different varieties also ripen at different times of the year so we can enjoy avocados year round. Skin color also varies – from a somewhat smooth green skin to a very rough, bumpy dark green/black.
Hass avocados are probably the best known here in the US – it produces fruit all year long and accounts for over 80 percent of the worldwide commercial product and over 95% of what is grown in California.
Other named varieties include Anaheim, Bacon, Creamhart, Duke, Fuerte, Ganter, Gwen, Hass, Jim, Lula, Lyon, Mexicola, Mexicola Grande, Murrieta Green, Nabal, Pinkerton, Queen, Puebla, Reed, Rincon, Ryan, Spinks, Topa Topa, Whitsell, Wurtz, Zutano. Over 1000 named varieties are known, but only a small number are grown commercially.
Here is a brief primer at Gardenweb.com with questions and answers. They say it takes between 3 and 4 years before a tree will “begin setting fruit.” Note that the growers at the Avocado Growers Association suggest it could take much longer.
Buy a 5-year old avocado tree from Clifton’s Nursery for $69 at Amazon.com. According to avocado.org, it takes 7 to 15 years for an avocado tree to begin producing fruit. We found Zutano and Bacon varieties.
The Avocado Growers Association has the best concise directions for growing an avocado from seed.
Finally, a discussion with video of one person’s experiments with growing avocados from seed.
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