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Fun Facts About Avocados

  • Whereas, today, avocados are enjoyed around the world by people from all walks of life, in the past they were considered a delicacy and only available to the wealthy.
  • People in about 43% of all U.S. households buy avocados.
  • In many parts of the world, the avocado is called "alligator pear" because of its pear-like shape and rough, green skin.
  • Ancient Aztecs referred to an avocado as ahuacatl. The Spanish changed the pronunciation to aguacate, which eventually turned into avocado.
  • An avocado is not a vegetable; it's a fruit classified as Persea Lauraceae.
  • Avocados are cholesterol and sodium free.
  • An avocado contains only 5 grams of fat per serving, and most of it's the healthier, monounsaturated kind.
  • Avocados are commonly mashed into ice cream, milkshakes and sherbets in Brazil.
  • Indonesians mix avocados with milk, rum and coffee as a cold libation.
  • Taiwanese enjoy avocados with milk and sugar.
  • Filipinos puree avocados with sugar, milk and shaved ice to make the dessert Halo-halo.
  • California produces about 90% of the nation's avocados.
  • About 60% of the avocados grown in California are produced in San Diego County, which is considered the country‚Äôs avocado capital.
  • California contains about 7,000 avocado groves, the average size being around 10 acres.
  • Although 7 varieties of avocados are grown commercially in California, Hass accounts for approximately 95% of the total crop volume.
  • A single California avocado tree can produce about 200 pounds of fruit a year (500 avocados) but typically average about 60 pounds.
  • California avocados trees are grown and produced year-round.

California Avocados and the Environment

To combat pests and diseases, California avocado farmers rely on Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, an ecological, four-tiered approach.

Subsequently, its avocado crops rank among the lowest of all fruits and vegetables for pesticide use.

When treatment for pests is necessary, only the softest chemicals are used to least impact the environment and its living organisms.

Avocado groves participate in renewing and freshening our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They also reduce storm runoff and flood potential and by filtering rain water and slowing overflow, improve water quality.

Avocado trees evaporate water in their leaves, thereby lowering air temperature. Their roots help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.

Avocado groves provide suitable shelter for wildlife.

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