The nutrient-packed avocado has become increasingly more popular of the past few decades, and although the green fruit was thought to have originated in Mexico, avocado trees were first planted in Florida and California in the early 1800s. Check out more facts about the avocado:
- California is the top producer of avocados in the U.S., followed by Florida and Hawaii.
- In 2011, the value of U.S. avocado production rose from the previous year and totaled $492.1 million. The total volume amounted to 226,450 tons.
- The main California avocado variety is the Hass variety. Florida grows larger varieties like the Booth, Lula and Taylor. California avocados are marketed year-round, and Florida’s market is June through March.
- A whole medium avocado contains approximately 15 percent of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat. The fruit also contains more potassium than bananas and are rich in vitamin B, E, K and folate.
- Avocados can be eaten fresh or used as flavoring for ice creams and fillings. Avocado oil, leaves and seeds have also been used and are thought to have certain nutritional and medicinal benefits.