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How Avocado Oil is Made

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Avocado oil is a topic we’re asked about frequently. We’ll hear things like “how is avocado oil made?” or “how can I get some?” There are lots of recipes online for making avocado oil at home, so we’ll sometimes get “can I make avocado oil at home?” usually followed by “what’s the difference between the […]

3 DIY Avocado Beauty Tips & Tricks


I was going through some archived brochures and material in the California Avocado Commission office and discovered a booklet of avocado beauty tips and DIY spa-worthy recipes. Although the design was pretty dated, the content is still very relevant, especially as the winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin. Below are three DIY avocado […]

5 Avocado Snack Ideas for National Snack Month

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February is National Snack Month, and with some California Avocados from the 2015 crop already hitting store shelves, I thought it would be fun to put together some snack ideas that include my favorite fruit. The criteria I used to land on these 5 avocado snack ideas include any of the following important snacking points: […]

Crop update: Early California Avocado Availability

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Good news! Some California Avocado growers have started to pick because their avocados are reaching their sizes; that means a limited supply of California Avocados may be making their way to a grocery store near you! It looks like availability is limited to California at this point though. Typically you do not see widespread availability of […]

The Avocado: Fruit or Vegetable?

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Every so often, someone will write me or ask me at a California Avocado Festival: is it true that the avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable? Yes, the Avocado is a fruit! Confirmed: the California Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. And did […]

Upcoming Changes to CaliforniaAvocado.com

We’re really excited about the future of CaliforniaAvocado.com. There are a lot of improvements in the works (coming March 2015) that will make this website more accessible and easier to use than ever. I’ll let you know more about those improvements as we get closer to their launches. But with these improvements come some changes […]

Go for the Green: How to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions


Just like many of you out there, I start each New Year with great intentions – being active as much as possible, packing my lunch for work, spending more quality time with loved ones and turning these practices into habits I’ll keep for years to come. And, just like many of you out there, I […]

When it Comes to Avocados, Which is it: Hass or Haas?


We’re often asked, “which is it, Hass Avocado or Haas Avocado?” The correct spelling is “Hass.” The word “Hass” rhymes with “class,” and is often mistaken to rhyme with “Hoss” or “Hozz.” Why is it “Hass Avocado?” Because the Hass Avocado is named after Rudolph Hass, a California postman who patented the Hass Avocado in […]

5 Avocado-Loving Reasons to Be Thankful


With Thanksgiving just days away, I’ve become busier and feeling a tad more stressed than usual. I’ve been hitting the internet almost nightly to find great recipes to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration (and of course pinning anything with avocados I run across), a short week at work has created a slight backup of […]