Avocados

Amazing Avocados

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The almighty avocado is also known as the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and the leather-like appearance of its skin. In addition to numerous health benefits, avocados are extremely versatile to cook with. Take a look at these unique and delicious avocado recipes here!

California Is The Top Grower of Avocados In the U.S.

Nearly 5,000 California Avocado growers across the state tend to their avocado trees with the utmost dedication and care. From protecting their avocado trees from inclement weather to keeping them properly watered, the job of a California Avocado grower never ends. The fruit spends approximately 12 to 18 months growing on the avocado tree. Thanks to their expert care, each avocado tree yields an average of 52 pounds of avocados!

In addition to being a nutrient-dense fruit, a one-ounce serving of California avocado is naturally sodium-free and cholesterol-free and is a source of key nutrients emphasized by the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan.

90% of the avocado crops in the U.S. comes from the coastal regions of Central and Southern California.

California Avocados are grown along the microclimatic coast of central and southern California between San Luis Obispo and the Mexican border. They are harvested annually from spring through the fall by nearly 5,000 growers on 50,000 acres of land. Due to their thick, pebbly skin, the fruit inside of a California Avocado is naturally protected, placing California Avocados amongst the lowest of all fruits and vegetables for pesticide use

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Avocado Health Benefits

Protein

Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein.

Beneficial Fats

Avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocadoes boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals.

avocado cut openCarotenoids

Avocadoes are an excellent source of carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids only with red and orange produce, avocados are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient. Carotenoids enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system.

Anti-Inflammatory

Avocadoes’ unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation. This means avocados can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

Heart Health

Studies have shown that oleic acid in avocados improves cardiovascular health.  Avocados are naturally rich in omega-3, delivering 160 milligrams per cup of alpha-linolenic acid.

Resource via: Natural News

Avocado Fun Facts

  • Research has shown that the greatest concentration of carotenoids found in an avocado occurs in the dark green flesh that lies just beneath the skin.
  • California avocados are grown year-round. A single California avocado tree yields an average of 52 pounds of avocados!Avocado Tree
  • You might be inclined to call it a vegetable, thanks to its green hue and savory taste, but the avocado is technically a fruit, and even more specifically, a single-seeded berry, according to University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources.
  • Avocado is what is known as climacteric, meaning that it matures on the tree but ripens off of the tree.
  • A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, well-known for being loaded with potassium, delivers just half that, with 487 milligrams per large fruit.
  • If you store your unripe avocados in a brown bag with an apple or a banana, the gases trapped in the bag will help those green guys ripen more speedily, according to The Haas Avocado Board.
  • The creamy texture and healthy fats make for a surprisingly-easy baking substitution. And no, you won’t be making green muffins. In the right ratios, you can ditch some butter and replace with avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies!

Resource via: The Huffington Post