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