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Avocado

Avocado

 

Fruit of Persea Americana, of the Laurel Family, a tree native to the Western Hemisphere from Mexico south to the Andean regions.  Avocados are extremely variable in shape, size, and color (ranging from green to dark purple).  The greenish/yellowish interior flesh has a buttery consistency and a rich, nutty flavor.
 
Growing Area
Avocados are grown in California, Mexico, Chile, and the Dominican Republic.
 
Handling and Storage
Fresh Avocados will be hard as rocks.  Look for an even and unblemished exterior, uniformly hard or soft over its entire surface.  Avoid any with bruises of soft spots.  The flesh of ripe Avocados will yield when pressed gently.  Avocados are mainly consumed when ripe.  Avocados can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days to slow the ripening process.  
 
Varieties
Hass, Green
 
Common Names
Alligator pears
 
Availability
Avocados are available year round.  The most popular variety of Avocados, Hass, is available all year.  Avocados are coming from California from March-October and from Mexico from November – June.  From November – June Avocados are coming from Chile.
 




NUTRITIONAL DATA

Avocado Nutritional Data

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