Today lets' talk about the avocado. Because we all have them, they are cheap around here and all anyone does is make guacamole. I have a recipe for avocado gelato, so there! But first, what are the benefits of avocados? Here are some odd facts:
- European sailors en route to the New World used mushed avocados in place of butter.
- There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California.
- The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, because of its shape, green skin, and rough texture of the Haas variety. (The Florida avocado has a shiny, smooth surface.)
- The two main U.S. producers of the fruit are California and Florida. The Golden State far outranks the Sunshine State, however, with more than 6,000 groves accounting for about 90% of avocado crops.
- Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.