Aguacate Recipes | Avocado Recipes
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History of Aguacate
Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree that originates in Meso América, and have been cultivated from ancient times. The name for avocado in Spanish (aguacate) comes from the Aztec āhuacatl , the Nahuatl word for testicles.
Names for Avocado
In English, avocado is just that, however the regional names "avocado pear" and "butter fruit" are used in parts of Africa and India respectively. In Spanish, Aguacate is the best-known word for the fruit, however, in some parts of Latin America, avocado is known as "palta"
Benefits of Aguacate
Avocado is very rich in healthy fats, it also contains high to moderate to amounts of vitamin B, C, E and K, and potassium. With the possible exception of people with chronic kidney disease, avocado has been incorporated into many diets and is popular with vegans, keto and paleo eaters, as well as the general public.
How to Pick Avocados
If you are planning to eat it within a day, pick avocados that are soft, and have a give when you press the skin, but it is not mushy. Depending on the variety it will remain green or turn purple when ripened. It's best not to refrigerate unripened avocados, as, in my experience, it halts the ripening process and tend to produce sub-par avocados.