Fun Facts about Avocados

avocado tree with fruits in mexicoHistory of the avocado

It is estimated that avocados have been cultivated since 500 BC in Central America. The Aztecs referred to avocados as the “Kings Butter.” The Aztecs called the fruit, “ahuacatl.” When the Spanish explorers came to Central America they could not pronounce the word “ahuacatl” so they called the avocado, “aguacate.” Ahuacatlan Avocado Oil (pronounced “awa” “cota” “lan”) derives its name from the Aztec original name which means “Land of the Avocado.”

Avocado production

Mexico is the world’s top producer of avocados. The Mexican state of Michoacán, is where most avocados are grown in Mexico. This region supplies half the world’s avocado’s.  With its tropical climate, abundant rain and volcanic fertile soil it is perfect for the avocado.  In fact, each tree has two blooms a year in this ideal climate.  Avocados are available all year long due to 4 different growing seasons in this region.  Every acre of avocado’s requires 1.3 million gallons of water per year. California ranks second in world production of avocados.

About the Avocado

The avocado tree is an evergreen tree, which reaches up to 70 ft tall. Avocado trees can produce fruit all year round. It takes 12 months from blooming of the avocado bud to the harvest of the fruit. The average tree produces up 500 avocados and up to 200 pounds of fruit a year. Avocados for commercial operations are picked unripe. Avocados are hand picked with using 30 foot ladders and poles to reach high up in the trees.

Is it a fruit or vegetable?

Many people believe incorrectly that avocados are a vegetable because they are used in salads, hamburgers and dips. The truth is that avocados are a fruit and more specifically a “berry,” with a single seed.

The Oil

The average avocado contains around 25% oil. It takes up to 25 lbs of avocados to make a single 33.6 ounce bottle of avocado oil. Refined Avocado oil has the highest smoke point of all plant oils at 520 degrees F.  Avocado oil is also excellent for skin care because it is rich in vitamin A, E and D.  Note how  avocado oil on your  skin is quickly is absorbed.

From Nature With Love

Avocados have over 20 vitamins and minerals and therefore considered to be one of the world’s most healthiest foods. An avocado has 60% more potassium than a banana on a  per ounce basis.  Avocados also have the most protein of any fruit. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one source of food you would be wise to chose the avocado. You could live off the avocado and be in good health, until you were rescued.

Celebrate

Each year, during the Super Bowl, American eat around 53 million pounds of guacamole. From end zone to end zone the guacamole would cover the football field 5 feet deep. The Super Bowl ties with Cinco de Mayo as the highest day for avocado consumption each year.