vocado (Persea Americana) is a fascinating fruit, native to Central America. The Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means “testicle tree.” I’ve learned that it is also called “alligator pear,” funny, but when you take a closer look, the skin of the avocado does resemble the one of the alligator. However, don’t try to eat the skin or the pit, because the avocado flesh is the prize you are looking for!
Avocado flesh is abundant in nutrients (vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin E), it contains loads of monosaturated fats and fiber and it tastes great! Do you need any more reasons to run to your grocery store and get some?
And before you start blending your avocado and lime bars, here are some other interesting facts about avocado:
- Avocados have been cultivated in Central America for almost seven thousand years.
- Mexico is the world’s top producer of avocados, with California coming in second.
- Total U.S. avocado production in 2011 was 226,450 tons.
- There are more than 80 varieties, with the “Hass” variety dominating the crop share.
- single mature avocado tree can produce between 150 and 500 avocados per year.
- Spanish conquistadors discovered that avocado seeds yield a milky fluid that turns red when exposed to air. They used this indelible natural ink in documents that are preserved to this day.
- Avocados are about 22% fat, with the average medium size avocado containing 300 calories and 30 grams of fat.
- Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit.
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