In celebration of Avocado day, let’s take a moment to chat about this fruit being hailed a foodie’s rainbow.
So confession time… I actually hate avocado. I hate it with a sort of disdain that you would your new step-sister who is not only slightly younger, but just might be skinnier than you. But before you judge me, my disdain is mostly out of not being able to consume the overly praised weird-shaped green mash, but you’ll find out why in just a moment. First we should talk about it’s origins and why it’s loved by millions around the world:
- Avocados come from South Central Mexico
This shouldn’t have been hard to guess, being that the best ever recipes for this delicacy are all mexican. Whether it be in salsa, in your burrito or just a perfectly made gauqamole garnish, mexicans are the avo experts because they are the ‘avo-birthers’!
2. There’s a relation between avos and the male body part!
The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word ‘āhuacatl’ which goes back to the proto-Aztecan ‘pa:wa’ which also meant “avocado”. Sometimes the Nahuatl word was used with the meaning “testicle”, because of the likeness between the fruit and the body part. Since then of cause our language has become cleaner, and there is no need to refer to any man’s uhm package as any fruit… or have we?
3. health benefits are countless!
Not only are avos jam-packed with 64 calories of nutrition needed for a balanced diet, which breakdown into:
- almost 6 grams of fat
- 3.4 grams of carbohydrates
- less than a gram of sugar
- almost 3 grams of fiber
but it has a whole lot more benefits like:
- Healthy for the heart
- Great for vision
- Vitamin K to support bone health
- Inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells
- Decrease the risk of depression
- Improved digestion
- Natural detoxification
- decrease stomach fat
And these are just 10 of the many other benefits that are great for your health!
4. There are many types of Avos!
While you may only see a few types of avocado at your local grocery store, hundreds of varieties grow around the world. The fruits are categorized as either A-type or B-type cultivars. The difference lies in the opening times and pollination behaviors of the avocado tree flowers, but luckily this doesn’t affect you as the shopper and is mostly the farmer’s burden of worry to carry! What IS of your concern, is the taste. Which is actually seperated into at least 15 types!
Though there are many more, below are some of the better-known A-type-cultivar avocados:
- Choquette- has smooth, glossy skin with watery flesh that often leaks when the fruit is cut. This variety comes from South Florida.
- Lula- Peaks during the summertime, has fewer natural oils, and contains more water than many other varieties. It’s resistant to cold but highly susceptible to fungi. The Lula grows to weigh around 1 pound (450 grams).
- Hass- the most popular variety. It’s available all year round and has a buttery, nutty flavor and spherical shape. Its skin turns from a bold green to a dark purplish-black as it ripens.
- Reed- only available during the summer months. It has a lighter, more subtle flavor and is about the size of a softball. As the Reed ripens, its skin remains the same green color, unlike other types.
- Pinkerton- has an oblong shape, rough skin that is easy to peel, and small seed inside of a creamy flesh. This type grows to 0.5–1.5 pounds (225–680 grams).
- Gwen- similar to the Hass avocado in taste and appearance. This is a larger Guatemalan variety with a thick, dark-green skin that is easy to remove.
- Maluma- a dark-purple avocado that was discovered in the 1990s in South Africa. This variety grows slowly, but the trees bear a lot of fruit.
Some of the B-type-cultivar avocados include:
- Ettinger- Grown in Israel and has a bright green skin, large seed, and mild flavor.
- Sharwil- Australian avocado with a rough, green peel and yellow flesh. It’s very oily with a bold flavor and is susceptible to frost.
- Zutano- covered in a lighter, yellow-green skin and has a mild taste, has more buttery varieties.
- Brogden- a dark-purple hybrid of West Indian and Mexican varieties. Though it’s very resistant to the cold, it’s hard to peel and thus not a popular commercial variety.
- Fuerte- distinctly pear-shaped and available for eight months of the year. Its name means “strong” in Spanish, and it has an oily texture similar to that of a hazelnut.
- Cleopatra- a small dwarf avocado that is relatively new to the consumer market.
- Bacon- has a lighter taste than other varieties. Its light-brown skin is easy to peel.
- Monroe- a large avocado that can weigh over 2 pounds (910 grams). It’s a firmer variety and has less watery flesh.
And now we have reached the unknown number 5:
Remember when I said I actually can’t consume avocados? Well this has nothing to do with taste preferences and everything to do with allergies. That’s right, the much loved fruit carries particles called pollen allergens that are released by trees mostly in the spring. If you have chronic allergies, you know how that’s a dreadful time of the year for you as you experience a runny nose, scratchy/watery eyes, itchy eardrums and asthmatic symptoms. If this is you, you may also be allergic to avos too!
Information source: Healthline.com
Be sure to see your doctor if you experience similar symptoms. Happy Avocado day!