18 Avocado Facts

Avocados. Mmmmmmmm! Here are 18 fascinating, fun facts about the delicious “alligator pear”.

Just the Facts

  1. Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.1 (Tweet that!)
  2. There are more than 80 varieties of avocados.5 (Tweet that!)
  3. California Avocados grow year-round.1 (Tweet that!)
  4. There are nearly 5,000 avocado growers in California; the average grove size is around 10 acres.1 (Tweet that!)
  5. A single California Avocado tree can produce about 500 avocados (or 200 pounds of fruit) each year.1 (Tweet that!)

History

  1. European sailors traveling to the New World used avocados in place of butter.5 (Tweet that!)
  2. Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty.1 (Tweet that!)
  3. Avocado is a corruption of the Spanish word “aguacate”, which is itself a corruption of the Aztec word “ahuacatl”.1 (Tweet that!)
  4. The Hass avocado (spelled H-A-S-S not H-A-A-S, rhymes with “pass”) is named after Postman Rudolph Hass, who planted a seedling in his front yard in the late 1920’s. He patented the Hass avocado in 1935.2,3 (Tweet that!)

Nutrition

  1. Avocados have no sodium or cholesterol, and less than five grams of fat per serving.4 (Tweet that!)
  2. Avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs, and boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol).6 (Tweet that!)
  3. One avocado contains more than one-third the daily recommended serving of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K. Avocados are also a good source of fiber, potassium, folate, and Vitamin B6.5 (Tweet that!)
  4. Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein.6 (Tweet that!)
  5. The portion of the avocado closest to the skin is the most dense in nutrients, so be sure to scrape the skin clean before discarding it.6 (Tweet that!)

Trivia

  1. Brazilians add avocados to ice cream.1 (Tweet that!)
  2. Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.1 (Tweet that!)
  3. On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat about 8 million pounds of guacamole. (Tweet that!) For Cinco de Mayo, the tally is closer to 14 million.5 (Tweet that!)
  4. If you want to hasten the ripening of an avocado, put it in a paper bag with a banana or apple.7 (Tweet that!)

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Sources:

  1. California Avocado Commission, “Avocado Facts.” Accessed July 17, 2013. http://www.californiaavocado.com/fun-avocado-facts/.
  2. California Avocado Commission, “The Hass Avocado | California Avocado Commission.” Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.californiaavocado.com/the-hass-avocado-a-california-native/.
  3. Hass Avocado Board, “Hass Avocado Board: Haas vs. Hass.” Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.avocadocentral.com/about-hass-avocados/haas-vs-hass.
  4. Hass Avocado Board, “Avocado Nutrition Facts.” Accessed July 26, 2013. http://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/avocado-nutrition-health-facts-label.
  5. Thompson, Chloe. WebMD, LLC, “8 Healthy Facts About Avocados: Calorie Information, Varieties, and More.” Last modified June 17, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-avocados.
  6. Green, Tara. Truth Publishing International, LTD, “Avocado nutrition facts – six things about this amazingly healthy superfood.” Last modified December 10, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html.
  7. Minifie, Kemp. Condé Nast, “The Epi-Log on Epicurious.com: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Avocados.” Last modified April 25, 2013. Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2013/04/ten-avocado-facts.html.

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