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01.30.19

10 Fun Avocado Facts

Author: Apeel Team

It's no secret that avocados are one of our favorite fruits. We love them so much that we created a solution that helps extend shelf life so that you have more time to enjoy them and less food goes to waste. In honor of our favorite fatty fruit, we've compiled this list of quick facts about the amazing avocado.

  1. Avocados have royal roots. The podcast Gastropod reports that avocados were first used as tributes from townsfolk to local royalty in Mesoamerica 7,000 years ago.
  2. Avocados are in the same family as cinnamon. Seriously. [University of Wisconsin]
  3. Half of an average-sized avocado has 4.6 grams of fiber — the most of any fruit! [United States Department of Agriculture]
  4. An avocado has more potassium than a banana. Honestly! Avocados have a whopping 975 milligrams of potassium, whereas a banana typically has 544 milligrams. [United States Department of Agriculture — Agricultural Research Service]
  5. California produces 90% of the U.S. avocado crop. The avocado star of California is San Diego County, which produces 40% of all California-grown avocados. [California Avocado Commission]
  6. In the summer of 2017, more than 3,000,000 photos of avocado toast were uploaded to Instagram every day. [British Vogue]
  7. If you’re looking for a healthy immune system, eat an avocado. The National Cancer Institute found that an avocado has 19 milligrams of glutathione per ½ fruit! Glutathione functions as an antioxidant which helps your immune system function normally. [US National Institutes of Health]
  8. A 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating an avocado a day can help improve LDL levels in overweight people. Of course, this is only possible if an avocado a day is part of an overall cholesterol-lowering, moderate-fat diet. [American Heart Association]
  9. Would an avocado by any other name be as delicious? Well, it turns out, yes. Avocados have been called many things throughout history, including: ahuacatl by the Aztecs, aguacate by the Spanish conquistadors, and “alligator pears” by Sir Hans Sloane. The word “avocado” didn’t appear in the lexicon until the US Department of Agriculture decided that “avocado” was much more appealing than “alligator pear.” [University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources]
  10. The word “guacamole” is a derivation of the Aztec word ahuacamolli, which translates loosely to “avocado soup” or “avocado sauce.” [Smithsonian]

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