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  • 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.