(By the way they are a fruit - a berry in fact! You can find them on our website here)
The avocado has been aroound for almonst 10,000 years, originating in Mexico. It travelled from North to South America, to Europe and then to the rest of the world. Mexico is still the avococado's major supplier.
The avocado is very versatile - delicious as the main ingredient in guacamole; on toast; in a salad; in a smoothie; as a soup; the possibilities are endless. And with all the health benefits they include (lots of fibre, anti-aging properties, and health facts), we can see why they are so popular. Not to mention that they are delicious!
However, California's drought threatens major suppliers, while in Mexico, several avocado farms are caught in the middle of drug cartel land, meaning that soon we may have an avocado shortage.
Best eat them while you can!
Here are some facts you may not know about the avocado:
- Avocados got their name from the Spanish explorers. They couldn't pronounce the Aztec word for the fruit, known as ahuacatl, "testicle", because of its shape. The Spanish called it the aguacate, leading to the guacamole we know today.
- Their thick skin protects them; it's natural packaging! You can't eat the skin, but it shields the green goodness inside them, making avocados perfect for travel.
- Avocados are ripe when they feel heavy for their size, yield to light pressure and are dark in colour. But don't squeeze these delicate babaies too hard. Not ripe? Put in a brown paper bag for 2-4 days, or you can speed up this process by putting a banana or apple in the bag.
- Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by to bear fruit. The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs on trees.
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