All You Need To Know About Avocados
The popularity of avocados is not deniable. I mean, it is one of the most enjoyed fruits worldwide. No matter what time of day it is, it can be added to almost any recipe or meal. Having a breakfast? You can spread it on your bread. What about lunch or dinner? You can have it in a salad. There are a ton of other tasty way to enjoy an avocado if you used your imagination! Avocados don’t only taste amazing, they also possess immense health benefits. Avocados from Mexico are among the best the world and you cannot afford to miss such a delicacy. (1)
What is an avocado?
It is a pear-shaped fruit with rough skin with green edible flesh. You probably have been enjoying the taste of avocados all your life, but do you know its origin? Here is a brief; avocados originally came from Central America and Mexico. During those times, avocados were called Nahuatl, which means “testicles.” Scholars say that the reason as to why the fruit was associated with testicles is probably due to its shape.
Today, Mexico remains the most important supplier of avocados for America and Asia. Avocados are used in various breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes. Besides avocados being part of the main delicacies that people enjoy today, some studies have shown that they also provide the following health benefits:
- Improves vision
- Helps in weight loss
- Rich in fiber
- Good for skin and hair care
- Helps to prevent colon, stomach, pancreas, and stomach cancer.
- Improves cognitive function
- helps with depression
- ease osteoarthritis,
- Contains folic acid which is essential during pregnancy
- Prevent bad breath
Types of Avocados
There are various types of avocados including;
This is the most common variety of avocado. It ripens slower than any other kinds which makes it easier to export. They are available all year round, which makes it the most eaten variety of avocados. (2)
They are oval shaped and have smooth skin. Compared to the Hass avocados, the bacon avocados are much sweeter and have a pale yellow flesh and a creamy texture.
They are small to medium sized. They have a slightly rough skin, small yellow dots, and the flesh is near the skin, which makes it easier to peel.
They are similar to the fuerte avocados but are a bit oval. They are rough but with a fairly thin skin. When ripened, they turn from green to dark green.