Avocado Facts

The Fun Fact Is…

  • Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.
  • Avocados were first introduced to the United States in 1871, when Judge R.B. Ord planted three trees in Santa Barbara, California.
  • There are more than 500 avocado varieties. – but everybody’s favorite – Hass variety was born in good ol’ California, USA.
  • Rudolph Hass, a Pasadena, CA postman, patented the Hass avocado tree in 1935 from grafted trees on a 1.5 acre plot. The first Hass avocado tree is still alive and producing fruit. (The Van Wingerden’s have a slice of that original avocado tree wood hanging in their office!)
  • Avocados are also known to some as the “alligator pear,” due to its alligator skin texture and pear shape.
  • The origin of guacamole is the Aztec avocado sauce called ahuaca-hulli.
  • California boasts 7,000 avocado groves. Florida is the second main producer in the United States.
  • One tree can produce between 150 and 500 avocados per year.
  • Over 50-million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.

Health & Nutrition

  • California Avocados are naturally sodium and cholesterol free.
  • The avocado is virtually the only fruit that contains monounsaturated fat – good fat!
  • Avocados can act as a “nutrient booster” by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like Vitamins A, D, K and E.
  • One-fifth of a medium California avocado (1 ounce) provides 8% of the Daily Value for fiber, while enjoying one-half of a medium California avocado provides 20% of the Daily Value for fiber.
  • The average avocado contains about 30 grams of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.
  • Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit and contain more potassium than bananas.
  • The California organic avocado makes an excellent first food for babies – creamy consistency and packed with wholesome nutrients! We recommend following a physician’s advice.
  • There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Avocados naturally contain many of these vitamins.
  • California avocados contain many antioxidants, including 19 micrograms of beta-carotene, 81 micrograms of lutein, and 4 percent of the recommended Daily Value for vitamins C and E