The avocado is the pear shaped fruit from the avocado tree (Persea americana) which belongs to the botanical family Lauraceae. The tree originates from Mexico.
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The avocado fruit, the avocado (sometimes called an avocado pear or alligator pear) weighs 100-250 g and is botanically a large berry with one large seed. The fruit ripens after harvesting.
Avocados have a fine nutty taste and a high content of valuable fats, up to 19% fat.
Most of the avocado's calories come from fat mostly mono unsaturated fat which is very healthy and believed to decrease cholesterol level.
Avocados have a high content of dietary fibers and avocados are rich in B, E and K vitamins.
How many calories in avocados fact sheet
100 g (3,5 oz)
1 oz (28,35 g)
Carbohydrate total g
- sugars g
- starch g
- dietary fibers g
Dry matter g
Avocados as Food
Avocado can be eaten raw but is often used in dishes or with toppings like shrimps, tuna or chicken. Avocados can be used in milkshake, in savory and sweet dishes or used as a puree.
Avocados are used in sandwiches and salads or on the side with chicken and meat. Avocados are popular in vegetarian cuisine as a substitute for meat. Avocado is an important ingredient in the Mexican dip known as guacamole.
Like apples avocado flesh is oxidized and gets a brown surface when exposed to air, however you can use lemon juice to prevent the enzymatic change in color.
info on avocado
Avocados is a commercially valuable crop and are cultivated in tropical or sub-tropical climates throughout the world (with no frost).
The avocado tree has been cultivated for thousands of years in Central and South America and was introduced into California in 19th century and today most of US's avocado production is located in Southern California.
Several cultivars are know however the most popular cultivar "Hass" accounts for most of the production. The avocado tree can produce around 500 avocados per year.
The avocado matures on the tree, but ripens after harvest. Avocados can be left on the tree for months. Avocados are picked hard and green and ripen in a few days at room temp. Avocado tree as a houseplant
Some keep avocado plants indoor as a houseplant. It is easy to germinate the pit. Put 3 tooth-sticks in the isolated pit and submerge it halfway in a glass of water and it will make roots and a sprout after a month. After rooting put the pit in soil and keep it moist. The plant develops and will eventually become a tree after years.
Avocados are toxic to animals
Avocado leaves and other parts of the plant is poisonous to many animals including birds, cats, dogs, cattle and horses.