Fun Facts About Avocados

Fun Facts About Avocados

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Not too long ago, there were a whole lot of agricultural crops grown in Orange County. These days, much of that agricultural land is filled with houses, retail and office space. Fortunately, there are still many acres dedicated to avocados that make their way to local Vons stores and other markets and restaurants throughout the country.

I visited a large grove in Irvine where I got to see the trees, baby avocados that will become next year’s crop and avocados that are ready for picking. The climate here near the ocean is great for producing delicious and nutritious avocados.

Fun Facts About Avocados

Here are some fun facts about avocados:

  • The Haas Avocado began here in Southern California. It’s named after breeder Richard Haas who grew the first tree in La Habra Heights in 1926.¬†Haas rhymes with ‘class’ even though a whole lot of people pronounce it differently.
  • About 90% of US grown avocados come from California and many are grown on family farms. You can check for the California sticker on the fruit when you’re shopping. Yes, avocados are fruit, not vegetables.

Fun Facts About Avocados

  • California Avocados have a long season. They are generally available from Spring until Fall. An avocado can remain on the tree during the season and will finish ripening after it’s picked.
  • An avocado is ripe when it ‘yields to gentle pressure.’ If you want to speed up the ripening, you can put the avocado in a paper bag along with a kiwi or banana.

Fun Facts About Avocados

  • Avocados are nutrient dense. They contain mono and poly-unsaturated fats – the ‘good’ fats! There is no sodium, no cholesterol and no sugar in an avocado. They are also quite delicious, so you can easily add this nutrition to just about any meal.
  • To bake with avocados, you can swap¬†mashed avocado for butter or shortening. It’s an even swap, so it’s easy to make the substitution when you’re following a recipe. This is an easy way to cut calories and reduce saturated fat.

Fun Facts About Avocados

Check out my big list of over 50 avocado recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mango Lime Guacamole
Guacahummus
Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

Are you hungry, yet?

Fun Facts About Avocados

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Thank you to Vons and the California Avocado Commission for hosting my fun farm tour in Irvine.

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3 comments for “Fun Facts About Avocados

  1. Jan Lee
    July 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I would like to eat more avacados but they are expensive at the store. If I had more ways to prepare them so they wouldn’t spoil, maybe I’d use them more so they would be prudent to buy since they are expensive (at least where I live lol)

  2. Laura Collins
    July 29, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Those cookie bars look good I would like to try to make it sugar free

  3. Joannie
    July 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Just looking at these dishes and those lovely avocados growing on the trees, makes my mouth water. So sad that this was not a good year for avocados, and they are now so expensive. Still love ‘em!!

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