The California Difference

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Avocado Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family
  • 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
  • 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 about 90 percent of the nation's avocado crop
  • San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 40 percent of all the avocados grown in California
  • There are nearly 4,000 avocado growers in California; the average grove size is around 10 acres
  • A single California Avocado tree can produce about 500 avocados (or 200 pounds of fruit) a year although usually average about 60 pounds from 150 fruit
  • There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, but the Hass is the most popular, accounting for approximately 95 percent of the total crop volume
  • California Avocados grow year-round

California Avocados and the Environment

  • California Avocado farmers rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to combat pests and diseases. As a result, California Avocados rank among the lowest of all fruits and vegetables for pesticide use
  • If treatment for pests is necessary, the softest chemicals are selected to have the least impact on the environment and on beneficial organisms in the orchard
  • With the number of California Avocado groves becoming Certified Organic the trend toward organic production is on the rise. New Certified Organic avocado acreage is coming into production in California each year to meet the ever-increasing demand for organically grown fruit
  • Avocado orchards help renew our air supply and keep it fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen
  • Orchard trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves
  • Avocado tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion
  • Avocado orchards can reduce storm run-off and the possibility of flooding. By slowing runoff and filtering rain water, orchards can improve water quality