If you have a television, smartphone, or any form of social media, then you’ve probably noticed that the latest food craze has been centered around one velvety, green fruit: the avocado.
Yes, you read that correctly, the avocado is technically considered a fruit despite its vegetable-like appearance. So why have avocados become America’s latest food obsession? For starters, they taste amazing, they’re healthy, and they can be used in a variety of yummy dishes. What’s not to love?! If you weren’t obsessed with avocados already, you will be once you read these fascinating facts about this incredible super food!
Where does the word “avocado” come from?
One theory is that the word “avocado” is derived from the Nahuatl (also known as the language spoken by the Aztecs) word “ahuÃ¡catl,” which means testicle. It is believed that this word was used by the Aztecs to describe the fruit’s unique shape. In America, however, the avocado was first introduced as the “alligator pear” because many people compared the texture of the fruit’s outer skin to that of an alligator.
Are there different varieties of avocados?
All avocados probably look the same to most people, but that’s far from the truth of the matter. In fact, there are hundreds of different types of avocados in existence, but only seven different varieties are grown commercially in California.
What’s underneath that bumpy skin?
Although there are hundreds of different types of avocados, they’re all made up of the same four basic elements: âThe exocarp: The outer skin of the fruitâThe mesocarp: The meat (aka the delicious yellowish-green portion of an avocado)âThe endocarp: The thin layer between the mesocarp and the seedâThe seed: The hard, innermost portion of the avocado that causes the avocado to be classified as a fruit rather than a vegetable