Avocado in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Avocados are the fruit of the avocado tree and grow in subtropical climates.
Avocados are ripe when a gentle squeeze finds the flesh yielding slightly. You should only peel an avocado shortly before eating as the flesh rapidly discolors to an unattractive brown. You can slow down the discoloration by applying lemon or lime juice to the exposed surface.
Avocados are relatively high in saturated fat - a whole avocado is 15% of your recommeded daily fat intake. They are high in potassium as well as vitamins B, E and K.
A mature avocado tree produces between 100 and 140 avocados per year.
Avocados are also known as avocado pears and alligator pears, because of their shape and in the latter case the bumpy skin which is said to resemble an alligator.