Originally from Mexico and Peru, avocados are now part of every healthy diet. They're considered a super food, and you probably have tried the Hass version before.
How many avocado facts do you know? Check out our list of the top 12 random avocado facts you should know:
- Used in the right quantities, avocado can replace butter in your recipes.
- Even though there are more than 100 varieties of avocados, the most common one is Hass.
- Besides Hass, some other popular varieties are Fuerte, Gwen, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano.
- Some people consider avocados a vegetable, but it's a fruit.
- When avocados came to the US, they were first planted in California.
- Mexico is the number one producer of avocados; the US comes in second place.
- In the US, the 2 states that produce the most avocados are California and Florida.
- One tree of avocados can produce an average of 100-500 avocados a year!
- Once the avocado has been picked, it takes 7 to 10 days to ripen, but you can slow down the process if you put it inside the fridge.
- If you want your avocados to ripen faster, put them inside a paper bag together with an apple and a banana.
- If you have already opened your avocado and want to save the other half for later, then add some lemon or lime juice to the exposed parts to prevent oxidation.
- Countries like Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam use avocados in desserts. And of course we also find these in many vegan desserts!
We hope you learnt something new about avocados, and just a quick tip: If you love avocados as much as we do, you must try the Palta Fuerte variety; we found this in our last trip to Peru and it was the best ever! (we visited 2 amazing vegan restaurants in Peru, read our reviews here, and here)