A Deeper Look Inside The Avocado<br />By<br />Matt Klim<br />
Avocado Agriculture<br />Avocados can be grown all around the world but the 2 largest producers are Mexico and Southern California<br />Internationally: Mexico provides 68% of the worlds avocados<br />California is responsible for 90% of Americas Avocados<br />
Avocado Agriculture<br />The Average Length of an avocado tree is 20 meters<br />Avocados are similar to bananas in that they don’t ripen until picked off the tree<br />
Avocado Agriculture<br />The size of the avocado fruit can vary from 7-20 cm<br />
Avocado Agriculture<br />THERE ARE OVER 30 DIFFERENT STRAINS OF AVOCADOS!<br />
Avocado Agriculture<br />Hass avocados are the most popular because they can produce fruit year round<br />95% of the avocados sold in the US are Hass<br />
AVOCADO WARS!<br />(DRAMATIZATION)<br />California ^<br />Mexico^<br />In 1994 when Mexico tried to export their avocados to the US, they were denied.<br />Reason being: Their fruit was full of pests and flies that would damage California crops.<br />Since then there have been thousands of tests conducted on the avocados and all tests have had positive results.<br />California thinks if they let Mexico export above the border, they will lose profits.<br />To this day, Mexico is only aloud to export to 19 states<br />California is now setting up major avocado productions IN MEXICO and selling them across the border.<br />Interesting quote by: Ricardo Javier Vega, president of the Uruapan-based Association of Mexican Avocado Exporters and Packers<br />“The Californians have played a double-sided game. They have scared Americans with stories of monstrous creatures supposedly living inside Mexican avocados. Then they come down here and ship Mexican avocados around the world, including to the U.S. It's nonsense."<br />
Ways to Eat Avocados<br />Guacamole is a dip with avocado as the main ingredient<br />(if you didn’t know this already)<br />There are many variations on how to make this dip but the main ingredients include:<br /><ul><li>Avocados
Garlic</li></li></ul><li>Ways to Eat Avocados<br />Other ways to enjoy the avocado…<br />With Tomato & Chicken!<br />With Tofu!<br />With Salmon!<br />With Tuna Salad!<br />
Ways to Eat Avocados<br />Other ways to enjoy the avocado…<br />California Rolls<br />
Ways to Eat Avocados<br />Other ways to enjoy the avocado…<br />My personal favorite<br />On a sandwich<br />
Ways to Eat Avocados<br />I would personally NOT recommend<br />It is basically made with milk, icecream, and avocado blended together with chocolate syrup .<br />Probably the most fattening thing you can eat… <br />Avocado Milkshake<br />
Ways to Eat Avocados<br />I would personally NOT recommend<br />Do I really have to explain why?<br />BACON PIZZA WITH AVOCADO<br />
Cooking With Avocado Oil<br />Benefits:<br />It can cook up to 500 degrees without burning…<br />Great on salads!<br />Downside:<br />Hard to find.. There is only one company in the US that sells it.<br />Very expensive<br />
Avocado oil is also used in cosmetics ranging from:<br /><ul><li>Skin moisturizer
Hair conditioner</li></li></ul><li>Nutritional Value<br /><ul><li>Contains Mono-unsaturated fat that will help lower cholesterol.
It is also high in protein, making it a substitute for meat.
Has more potassium then a banana</li></li></ul><li>Most people are misinformed about avocados. <br />The monounsaturated fat will actually help you lose weight!<br />
Avocados Can Help you lose weight!<br />A 33 day test involved eating 1 avocado per day.<br />The results were remarkable:<br />Calories – 24% increase<br />Fat – 54% increase<br />Test subjects lost 2.2 lbs at the end of the test.<br /><ul><li>The monounsaturated fats increase metabolism
The fat content gives you a feeling of being “full”
Rich supply of vitamins makes of a more healthy diet</li></li></ul><li>Avocado Origins<br />The avocado was originally discovered by the Aztecs. They believed this fruit to be an aphrodisiac.<br />Avocado comes from the word "ahucatl", which means testicle<br />The tree was commonly referred to as the ‘testicle tree’ because of the shape of the avocado and the way they hung from the tree<br />
Annual Avocado Festival<br />• This is the South Coast's largest FREE festival<br />• The events are located in downtown Carpinteria on Linden Avenue<br />• There are three entertainment stages with over 40 acts<br />• 70 arts and crafts vendors will be participating<br />• There will be over 30 fun food booths and over 30 commercial vendors<br />
As you can see, the avocado is a versatile fruit and can be used for just about anything. Not only guacamole dip.<br />
"the most nutritious of all fruits. In this single delectable fruit are combined the protein of meat, the fat of butter[but much more wholesome!], the vitamins and minerals of green vegetables, the flavor of nuts, a six course dinner; the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise” - Bob Berg at the "Department of Botany and Plant Sciences" at the University of California<br />
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