Avocado

19 Nov

Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or avocado pear also refers to the fruit (technically a large berry that contains a large seed) of the tree, which may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.

Avocados are a commercially valuable fruit and are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world (and some temperate ones, such as California), producing a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.

Health benefits

Avocados are loaded with nearly 20 essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and folic acid. They are also cholesterol and sodium free, and an excellent source of monosaturated fat. Avocados represent one of the few fruits that provide “good” fats, that can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease risk for heart disease.

Its creamy consistency makes it the first fruit that a baby can eat.

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