Fun Facts About Avocados

Avocados used to be called “alligator pears.”

Avocados, Pumpkins, watermelons, and bananas are all berries while strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not.

Avocados are poisonous to birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, and basically all pets.

Mexico threatened to stop buying US corn unless they could sell the US avocados.

Avocados used to be eaten by giant ground sloths and were saved from extinction by humans.

95% of commercially grown avocados come from trees descended from a single tree owned by a California mail carrier.

Americans eat 69 million pounds of avocados on Super Bowl Sunday.

Avocados contain more fat than any other fruit or vegetable. Also, the trees contain enzymes that prevent the fruit from ever ripening on the tree, allowing farmers to use the trees as storage devices for up to 7 months after they reach full maturity, allowing avocados to always be in season.

Jason Mraz moved onto a farm, discovered hundreds of Avocado trees on it, and now supplies chipotle with Avocados while eating 2-3 daily himself.

It takes 1 gallon of water to grow a single almond and 220 to grow an avocado.

Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocado per day.

The word ‘avocado’ means ‘testicle’ named so because of its shape.

The avocado evolved to appeal to extinct megafauna (e.g. the giant armadillo) in order to facilitate seed dispersal via ingestion and excretion. This is why the avocado has such a sizeable seed.

You are seeing more stringy avocados lately because global demand has grown and they come from younger trees that haven’t reached their prime production period.

Sushi was introduced to America by Ichiro Mashita in Los Angeles in the late 60s. After substituting avocado for tuna, he is credited with creating the “California Roll”.

Guacamole is just mashed up avocados.

It is estimated that the Mexico drug cartels make $152 million a year from growing and selling avocados.

Tom Selleck lives on an avocado farm.

Stealing avocados in CA is a felony punishable by, up to 3 years in state prison.

Only four major fruits and nuts were successfully domesticated in the 20th century. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was responsible for three of them: avocados, macadamia nuts, and blueberries. New Zealand got the fourth: the kiwifruit.

Avocados are in the same family as cinnamon.

In Taiwan, avocado is called luò lí or “cheese pear”.

There is an “Avocado of the Month Club” dedicated to California-grown avocados that will send you a box of freshly picked avocados every month throughout your subscription, whose contents vary from season to season.

Technically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing part of a plant that develops from a flower, including avocados, beans, peapods, corn, cucumbers, zucchinis, grains, nuts, olives, peppers, pumpkins, and squash. Vegetables are all other parts of a plant, including roots, leaves, and stems.

Avocados are a good source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant critical for a healthy immune system.

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