Being from California, I LOVE Avocados!! I can eat them with anything and everything; just give me a spoon and I am a happy girl!!
Botanical Relatives: Allspice, Bay Leaf (Lauraceae or Laurel family)
Cooking Technique: Raw
Origin: South Central Mexico – The state of Puebla
The avocado has been around for about 10,000 years, and domesticated around 5,000 years ago. That would be one ripe avocado!! 😦
History: The Aztecs believed that the Avocado provided power to whomever consumed it. The Mayans revered it so much that the fourteenth month of their calendar – K’ank’in – is represented by a glyph of the avocado.
The word Avocado comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word ahuacatl, which refers to – ahem – a certain part of the male anatomy that the shape of avocados happen to resemble. This is why the Aztecs believed that the Avocado promoted fertility in men and women.
The Avocado contains unsaturated fat (the good fat), and is very popular with health-conscious eaters. Even if it wasn’t good for me, I wouldn’t be able to give up my avocados.
I just wish I could grow them here; maybe in the house….