9 Things You Didn’t Know About Avocados

DID YOU KNOW AVOCADOS ARE NOT VEGETABLES?

They're classified as fruit! Or more specifically, as single-seeded berries.

 

THERE ARE OVER 500 VARIETIES OF AVOCADO IN THE WORLD.

Hass accounts for 95% of avocados in the U.S.

 

THE ANCIENT AZTECS CONSIDERED AVOCADOS TO BE A FERTILITY FRUIT.

The shape resembles the baby in the womb. Avocados were also said to be an aphrodisiac.

 

TO RIPEN AVOCADOS IN A PINCH, PLACE THEM IN A PAPER BAG WITH APPLES OR BANANAS.

The plant hormone "ethylene" released from these fruits speed up the ripening process.

 

AVOCADOS ARE A COMMON INGREDIENT USED IN TRADITIONAL BRAZILIAN DESSERTS.

The creamy texture and mild flavor compliments puddings, milkshakes and ice cream.

 

AVOCADOS ARE REFERRED TO AS “ALLIGATOR PEARS” IN MEXICO AND SPAIN.

In China and India, they're called "Butter Pears".

 

A SINGLE AVOCADO HAS TWICE AS MUCH POTASSIUM AND FIBER AS A BANANA.

 

AVOCADOS ARE FILLED WITH CANCER FIGHTING PROPERTIES.

The oleic acid in the foundation of the fruit prevents breast cancer and cancers of the mouth.

 

AMERICANS EAT 53 MILLION POUNDS OF GUACAMOLE DURING THE SUPER BOWL EACH YEAR.

9 Things You Didn't Know About Avocados