The Avocado

The Avocado:

The Avocado is a green colored fruit with an edible flesh wrapped in a thick skin and surrounding a gold ball size pit or seed. These tasty fruits are grown on Avocado trees.Avocado Tree

 

Avocado growing regions:

The Avocado is grown in many locations around the globe. Because of this we are now able to buy and eat them all year long. In the United States they are mainly grown in two growing regions being California and Florida.

The Avocado is not native to North America which explains why the majority of production comes from countries such as Mexico, Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic and New Zealand.

 

Avocado Varieties:

There are many varieties of Avocados as you can imagine. A simple search online will net you many names and information on the differences between them. The Hass variety makes up the majority of what we see and have grown accustomed to  in our local grocer. They are the smaller dark green, alligator skin variety.

3 avocados

 

Other varieties are: pinkerton, fuerte, gwen, reed, zutano, bacon, macarthur, sharwill, ettinger, sir prize, choquette, lula

Here is a great resource on the difference between some of them: VARIETIES

 

Buying Avocados:

When buying the Avocado you can check for ripeness by gentle applying pressure to it with your hand. It should be firm but not hard. When ripe you should feel a slight give when you press it with your thumb. Unfortunately you’ll see in our video that you can never be 100% of what’s inside. This is no different than any other fruit or vegetable but is still disappointing.

Avocados are normally stickered with a PLU number which will help you identify what kind and where it’s from. Here is a short list of identifying PLUs.

  • 4046 – Hass – small
  • 4225 – Hass – large
  • 4770 – Hass Extra Large
  • 4224 – Green – Large from West of the Mississippi River
  • 4222 – Green – Small from West of the Mississippi River
  • 4221 – Green – Small from East of the Mississippi River
  • 4223 – Green – Large from East of the Mississippi River
  • 4771 – Green – Medium from East of the Mississippi River
  • 3080 – Pinkerton variety – all sizes
  • ORGANIC – any PLU with a “9” preceding it is organic

 

Avocado Nutrition and Benefits:

The Avocado is a healthy fruit that has many benefits to eating. Here are a few of them.Avocado Nutrition
  • High in lutein and antioxidant that is important to eye health
  • High in fiber
  • High concentration of carotenoids in the dark green flesh near the skin. Carotenoids are known to help prevent chronic diseases.
  • More Potassium than a banana
  • High in fat. Normally this is a bad thing but avocados are high in healthy fat such as oleic acid which can be found in the healthy olive oil. Avocado oil is also a healthy alternative to vegetable oil. La Tourangelle Avocado Oil, 16.9 Ounce Tin
There are many more including high Vitamin C and other Vitamins and minerals.
Having a hard time calculating nutrition? Here is a fantastic  CALCULATOR that will make your conversions easier.

How to eat The Avocado:

There are many ways to cut and prepare the Avocado for eating raw or adding to your favorite recipe. See our quick video here for ways to cut and what to expect when preparing them. Believe it or not but they also make a kitchen tool for use with the Avocado. We have never used one but they look interesting and have great feedback. We’ve added a link for you to see.

Enjoy!!


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