Avocados were first cultivated in South America with later migration to
Mexico. It was believed that a Mayan princess ate the very first avocado
and that it held mystical and magical powers. European sailors traveling
to the New World used avocados as their form of butter. Avocados were
first seen in the United States in the early 1800's. California is
currently the largest producer of avocados stateside. There are more than
80 varieties, with the "Hass" variety dominating the crop share.
A single mature avocado tree can produce more than 400 pieces of fruit in
Avocados are loaded with 25 nutrients and dietary fiber. Avocados contain; vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate. They're also cholesterol and sodium free. Avocados contain 60% more potassium per ounce than bananas. This fruit is an excellent source of monounsaturated fat.
Just how good are avocados, read the label on a California avocado an see for yourself.
Confused about the different shapes and colors of avocados? The good folks at the California Avocado Commission have some very helpful information. Selecting and handling avocados got you a little intimidated? They have the answers and we have some recipes.
California Avocado Commission