February 2022 Buyers Choice
The year 2022 is starting with very good prospects for avocados. In the recent report “Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030”, the OECD and FAO predicted that avocados will be the tropical fruit growing the most in the next 8 years and that in 2030 their production will reach 12 million tonnes, turning them into the most exported tropical fruit in the world, ahead of pineapples and mangoes (excluding bananas).
Avocados are Rich in Nutrients
Avocados have an impressive nutrition profile. A 100-gram (3.5-ounce) portion (half a large avocado) provides:
- 15 grams of natural fat
- 2 grams of protein
- 9 grams of total carbohydrates, including 7 grams from fibre
- 160 calories
- 485 mg of potassium, or 14% of the recommended daily intake (RDI). This is more than you’d get from a medium banana — and with a lot less sugar.
Avocados are also a good source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin E, and magnesium.
- Avocados contain more fat than any other fruit or vegetable. Also, the trees contain enzymes that prevent the fruit from ever ripening whilst on the tree, allowing farmers to use the trees as storage devices for up to 7 months after they reach full maturity, meaning avocados are always in season.
- Avocados used to be eaten by giant ground sloths and were saved from extinction by humans.
- Avocados, pumpkins, watermelons, and bananas are all berries while strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not.
- 95% of commercially grown avocados come from trees descended from a single tree owned by a California mail carrier.
- Avocados used to be called “alligator pears.”
- Avocados are poisonous to birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, and basically all pets.
- Mexico threatened to stop buying US corn unless they could purchase the US avocados.
- It takes 1 gallon of water to grow a single almond and 220 to grow an avocado.
- In place of butter, many vegan bakers use avocado to add moistness to cupcakes, cakes, and other baked goods.