The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and avocado fun facts. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at avocado fun facts.

Avocado Fun Facts:The avocado is a tree, long thought to have originated in South Central Mexico, classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado (or avocado pear or alligator pear), is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed known as a “pit” or a “stone”.

  • July 31st is National Avocado Day.
  • Avocados were once a luxury food item that only royalty had access to.
  • In Jamaica, the common name for avocados is “alligator pear” because of its texture and shape.
  • Brazilians eat avocados with ice cream for dessert.
  • Avocados can stay on the tree for as long as eighteen months and they will not ripen until removed from the branch.
  • There exist 1,062 varieties of avocado and a single avocado tree can produce up to 500 avocados per year.
  • Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. It helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • To speed up the ripening process, put in a brown paper bag for 2-4 days.

Avocado Fun Facts We Missed

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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Avocados.

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