Just the Facts
- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.1 (Tweet that!)
- There are more than 80 varieties of avocados.5 (Tweet that!)
- California Avocados grow year-round.1 (Tweet that!)
- There are nearly 5,000 avocado growers in California; the average grove size is around 10 acres.1 (Tweet that!)
- A single California Avocado tree can produce about 500 avocados (or 200 pounds of fruit) each year.1 (Tweet that!)
- European sailors traveling to the New World used avocados in place of butter.5 (Tweet that!)
- Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty.1 (Tweet that!)
- Avocado is a corruption of the Spanish word “aguacate”, which is itself a corruption of the Aztec word “ahuacatl”.1 (Tweet that!)
- 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!)
- Avocados have no sodium or cholesterol, and less than five grams of fat per serving.4 (Tweet that!)
- Avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs, and boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol).6 (Tweet that!)
- 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!)
- Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein.6 (Tweet that!)
- 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!)
- Brazilians add avocados to ice cream.1 (Tweet that!)
- Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.1 (Tweet that!)
- 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!)
- If you want to hasten the ripening of an avocado, put it in a paper bag with a banana or apple.7 (Tweet that!)
- California Avocado Commission, “Avocado Facts.” Accessed July 17, 2013. http://www.californiaavocado.com/fun-avocado-facts/.
- California Avocado Commission, “The Hass Avocado | California Avocado Commission.” Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.californiaavocado.com/the-hass-avocado-a-california-native/.
- Hass Avocado Board, “Hass Avocado Board: Haas vs. Hass.” Accessed July 24, 2013. http://www.avocadocentral.com/about-hass-avocados/haas-vs-hass.
- Hass Avocado Board, “Avocado Nutrition Facts.” Accessed July 26, 2013. http://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/avocado-nutrition-health-facts-label.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.