Avocados Fun Facts

– A California postman, Rudolph Hass (rhymes with “pass”), discovered the Haas avocado with the help of his children who, by chance, found it in La Habra California.

– San Diego County is the nation’s “Avocado Capital,” producing 46% of all California avocados.

– In the United States, California is the number-one producer of avocados and home to 86% of the nation’s crop.

– The best way to tell is your California avocado is ready to eatt is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe fruit will be firm, yet will yield to gentle pressure. Ripened fruit can be refrigerated up to 4 days.

– The most common uses for California avocados in America are (1) in guacamole and (2) in salads, but they are also added to pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, baby foods, omelettes and more.

– A single avocado tree can produce up to 400 avocados every year.

– To ripen a California avocado, place the fruit in an ordinary paper bag and store at room temperature until ready to eat. Including a ripe banana or apple will accelerate the process.

– There are seven avocado varieties grown in California. Hass, the most popular variety, makes up 85% of the volume.

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