22 Interesting Facts About Avocado
Avocados, like tomatoes, have a similar conflict surrounding them. Is it a vegetable? Surprisingly, no. Avocados are fruits and are a type of superfood. Not only are they rich in nutrients, but avocados also optimize one’s immunity.
Featuring a dark green peel, avocados have a smooth and creamy taste and texture to them. They are generally eaten raw as a fruit. However, they make good additions to both savory and sweet dishes due to their subtle taste.
This article will explore some popular facts about avocados that will blow your mind.
Avocado Basic Information
Before we delve into the list of interesting facts, let us clear our basics first. The following table should give you a standard idea about the appearance and nutrients in an avocado.
- Name: Avocado
- Latin name: Persea Americana
- Type of food: Fruit
- Size and weight (average): Size ranges between 84-28 and weighs between 3.75 and 15.70 oz.
- Color and shape: Pear or egg-shaped; Have a dark green color
- Total calories: 200-300 calories per fruit
- Total fats: 15 g per 100-gram fruit
Besides these, avocados are a powerhouse of different vitamins and minerals, and fiber that supports optimal physical well-being of people.
22 Interesting Facts About Avocado
Now, this is what you came to this article for. So, before you read these facts, keep a score and let us know how many of these facts you knew?
- Avocados are a type of berry fruit and not a vegetable. Their green color appearance often creates a misleading notion that they are vegetables, but that isn’t true. They grow in a tree known as Persea Americana, which quickly grows up to 20 meters tall. The tree also has gleaming green leaves throughout the year.
- Avocados originally come from Mexico, which is located in Central America. History suggests that the fruit was cultivated 10,000 years ago in the country and has been available to mankind since then. Currently, avocados are predominantly grown in hot and tropical countries for better supply.
- A single, average-sized avocado has 200-300 calories in it. So, eating half an avocado with one meal can easily satiate your hunger.
- Hass is the most popular type of avocado available in the world. It makes up 95% of avocado consumption in the United States. Compared to other types, Hass has a creamier and richer taste and flavor, hence the popularity. The outer skin of this type is quite grainy and textured too.
- Avocados are also known as Avocado pears or Alligator pears due to their oval, and oblong shape mimics an egg or pear.
- You can tell an avocado’s ripeness by checking the tip of the stem. The avocado is just ripe and ready to eat if the tip is fresh and green. If the tip is brown, it is too ripe and might even be overripe and unsuitable for consumption. You can also press down the sides of an avocado to check its ripeness.
- If you have bought unripe avocados, it can take them up to 5 days to ripen enough for you to be able to eat. Keeping an unripe avocado in a paper bag, rice container, or banana can speed up the ripening process.
- Avocados are a good baby food because they supply them with the much-needed calories and the vitamins, minerals, and fibers they need for a healthy life.
- Avocados that are cut in half can experience browning very quickly. An easy way to prevent that is by coating the exposed flesh of the avocado with some lemon juice. This prevents oxidation and eventual browning until you are ready to eat the fruit later.
- Avocados are considered a superfood because they contain 20+ nutrients in them. They are a storehouse of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folate, Vitamin C, E, Vitamin B6, etc. Avocados are also rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which support cardiovascular health in people.
- As good as avocados are for humans, they are toxic for some animals like birds, rodents, and even horses. We’d recommend not feeding avocados to any of your pets for safety.
- Guacamole, a popular dip in Mexico, is made with avocados. It contains mashed avocadoes, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and spices. It is a staple dip with tortilla chips or nachos. The dip is also a popular trend during Cinco de Mayo in the United States.
- Astronauts in the Apollo 11 brought guacamole with them to space for keeping themselves full and in their best health.
- Avocados have a rich and creamy flavor, which makes an excellent addition to most smoothies and rice bowls that you eat for breakfast or lunch.
- If you suffer from constipation, adding avocados to your diet can relieve the complaints. They are rich in water-soluble fibers that regularize bowel movements in people.
- Surprisingly enough, Avocados have more potassium than a banana. An average-sized avocado has 3x more potassium than a standard banana. Besides potassium, avocados have a high level of Vitamin B and Vitamin K. They also have a healthy balance of fats and protein.
- In one of his interviews, a famous football player Tim Tebow revealed that he eats four avocados every day.
- A study from the University of Wisconsin revealed that Avocados belong to the cinnamon family.
- In the United States, around 90% of the avocados are grown in California, out of which around 40% are grown in San Diego.
- Avocados contain 38 mg glutathione per fruit. This essential antioxidant reduces the risks of damage to the cells and tissues and promotes immunity.
- Eating one avocado a day is very lucrative for overweight and obese people at risk of heart attacks and strokes. This is because the healthy fats in the avocado reduce the low-density lipoprotein levels in the blood.
- The skin and pit of an avocado can be toxic for both cats and dogs. So, always ensure that you dispose of them the right way and keep them beyond the reach of your pets.
With that, we end some of the most interesting facts about avocados that you probably didn’t know about. Let us know how many of these were familiar to you and which ones were new.