Avocados have been cultivated by the Aztecs in Central America since approximately 500 B.C. Spanish settlers changed what the Aztecs called “ahuacatl” to “aguacate,” which eventually became “avocado.”
With its tropical climate and fertile volcanic soil, Mexico is the world’s top producer of avocados. In fact, the Mexican state of Michoacán supplies half the world’s avocados. These perfect growing conditions allow avocado trees to bloom twice a year, making avocadoes available all year round.