- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea and the Lauraceae family.
- Avocados are a healthy food with 60% more potassium than bananas.
- Avocados are sodium- and cholesterol-free and have only five grams of fat per serving, most of it the good-for-you monounsaturated kind.
- Science can neither deny nor confirm the avocado's reputation as an aphrodisiac.
- Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty, but now California avocados are enjoyed around the world by people from all walks of life.
- Brazilians add avocados to ice cream
- Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.
- Latin Americans wrap avocados up and give them as wedding gifts.
- The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin.
- Avocado is a corruption of the Spanish word aguacate, which is in turn a corruption of the Aztec word ahuacatl.
- California produces 95% of the nation's avocado crop.
- San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 60% of all the avocados grown in California.
- There are about 6,000 avocado groves in California; the average size is 10 acres.
- A single California avocado tree can produce about 120 avocados (or 60 pounds of fruit) a year.
- There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, but the Hass is the most popular, accounting for approximately 80% of the total crop volume.
- California avocados grow year-round.
- About 43.6% of all U.S. households buy avocados.