15 Appetizing Facts About Avocados

Avocado Facts



Whether it’s making avocado toast in the morning or having guacamole at lunch, one thing’s for sure. Avocados are delicious however you prepare them!

But there’s more to know about avocados besides being a healthy and tasty fruit.

From its economic significance to why it’s called avocado in the first place, our avocado facts are sure to make your jaw drop!

Continue reading for fifteen appetizing avocado facts that will leave you craving for more!

Scientists are puzzled by how avocados still exist!

A scientist in white lab clothes using a microscope

Avocados reached their evolutionary prime around the start of the Cenozoic era, some 66 million years ago.

Back then, they made sense. They were a regular food sauce for megafauna, like mammoths and giant ground sloths, who were capable of eating avocados whole.

These giant creatures then carried the large avocado seeds away from the tree and pooped them out in places where they had a better chance of growing.

When the megafauna went extinct about 13,000 years ago, avocados weren’t regularly being eaten, so how they also didn’t go extinct is a mystery!

In a delicious twist of fate, they somehow survived long enough for humans to start cultivating them.

Mexico is the world’s largest avocado producer.

A Mexican plaza in front of a cathedral with a large Mexican flag flying

The country produced around 2.5 million tons (2.5 billion kilograms) of avocados in 2022.

During the same year, Mexico planted lots of avocado trees, covering 252 thousand hectares of land area.

It was done to keep up with the rising demand for avocados, which grew from an estimated 542 million pounds (245 million kg) in 2000 to 2.7 billion lbs (1.2 billion kg) in 2022!

Avocados are packed full of beneficial nutrients.

Two halves of a cut open avocado

Avocados are rich in potassium, with just one average-sized 7-ounce (198-gram) avocado providing 21% of your daily potassium needs.

This makes avocados helpful in regulating your blood pressure and strengthening your nervous system.

Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamins C, B6, and E, all of which contribute to a stronger immune system.

Lastly, thanks to its high fiber and healthy fat content, they’re fantastic for your gut health.

It’s no wonder that avocados are considered a superfood!

Avocados are berries.

A collection of blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries.

Berries are one of the two kinds of fleshy fruit, which typically contain many seeds.

But avocados only have one seed, so how in the world are they considered berries?

Well, that’s because other factors determine whether fruits are berries or not. For example, fruits are berries if they have a fleshy middle and inner layer, which is the case for avocados.

Also, fruits having many seeds isn’t really a prerequisite for classifying berries. I mean, bananas don’t even have seeds, yet they’re classified as berries!

National Avocado Day is celebrated on July 31.

A person at a restaurant eating a meal which includes avocado

This fun food holiday was created in 2017 by Model Meals, a California-based delivery business that focuses on healthy meals.

National Avocado Day is celebrated on July 31, as this is when avocado season peaks in California.

Some ideas for celebrating this quirky holiday are trying out new avocado dishes, visiting an avocado farm, or binge-eating avocados like there’s no tomorrow!

Hass avocados are the most popular type of avocado.

A selection of cut and uncut avocados on a chopping board next to a wooden spoon

Out of the 400 varieties of avocados, Hass avocados stand out the most; about 80% of the avocados being consumed worldwide are Hass avocados.

Its name comes from a postman named Rudolph Hass, who decided to grow avocado seedlings in his home in 1926.

One of the seedlings eventually bore a smaller, dark-skinned avocado that tasted exceptionally creamy and delicious.

This led to Hass patenting the Hass avocado tree in 1935 and partnering with a local grower to help promote the new dark-skinned variety.

Some avocados have long necks!

An avocado with an especially long neck

These unique-looking avocados come in two main types. The first are Russel avocados, which originate in the Florida Keys. The other, Pura Vida avocados, are native to Nicaragua.

Both varieties typically grow up to 13 inches (33 centimeters) long and weigh 1 to 3 pounds (0.45-1.36 kg).

They also taste quite different, with some people describing them as slightly salty, with an overall savory flavor.

Avocados in Hawaii can grow as big as a newborn baby!

Kauai island, a Hawaiian island covered in mountains and forest next to a pale blue sea

In January 2019, Hawaiian farmer Kenji Fukumitsu delivered a box of avocados to his local medical clinic, as he had been doing so for years.

This time, though, they caught the eye of one of the resident doctors, who decided to weigh them. As it turns out, Kenji had unknowingly been growing the heaviest avocados in the world, with each weighing about 6 pounds (2.72 kg).

That’s over ten times the weight of the average avocado in your local supermarket!

Unfortunately, Guinness World Records was unable to be involved due to bureaucratic red tape, so the record for the heaviest avocado stays with another Hawaii resident and their paltry 5.6-pound (2.5-kg) avocado.

Avocado pits have other uses.

A dark brown pit in the center of an avocado

Aside from planting avocado trees, avocado pits have a variety of uses, from facial scrubs to making dye.

Another way people use avocado pits is to make tea. It turns out that they’re full of antioxidants, as well as lots of immunity-boosting nutrients.

This is because they contain up to 70% of an avocado’s nutrients.

Avocados are poisonous to some animals.

A cow sitting in some long grass on a farm

Cattle, goats, birds, and horses are some examples of animals that experience an upset stomach after eating an avocado.

It’s toxic to them because avocados contain a natural fungicide called persin.

Fortunately, the highest concentrations of persin are found within the leaves and the pits, which your animals are unlikely to try eating.

Millennials are known for their obsession with eating avocado toast.

A selection of sliced avocados on toast

They love it so much that boomers even claim that it’s the very reason why some millennials can’t afford to buy a house.

But avocado isn’t the only thing other generations blame for millennials’ financial struggles. They also blame takeaway coffee!

Countless studies have, of course, completely refuted this point.

Bill Granger was known as the godfather of avocado toast.

Mashed avocado spread on toast with a fried egg placed on top

He was a renowned chef from Australia in the 1990s who played a crucial role in popularizing avocado toast within the Western world.

Bill also made other remarkable breakfast dishes throughout his career, which is why he was nicknamed the “king of breakfast” too.

Some avocados are seedless!

A pile of ripe, seedless avocados

Seedless avocados are referred to as cukes or cocktail avocados, but they’re not a specific variety.

Instead, they happen as the result of a biological defect within some avocado varieties, like the Ettinger and Fuerte.

This delicious defect occurs when the seed inside the avocado fruit fails to grow.

So, once the fruit is opened, instead of an enormous seed, you’ll see a tiny shallow hole around the fruit’s middle part!

About 30% of people who are allergic to latex are also allergic to avocados.

A person pulling a white latex glove onto their hand

According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, certain proteins found in rubber tree sap and avocados are the main culprits behind the allergy.

This is often referred to as latex-fruit syndrome, and it’s not just avocados that can trigger people with latex allergies.

Other plants with the same protein in rubber include chestnuts, kiwis, and potatos.

Bananas can help ripen avocados faster!

A hand of bananas lying on a wooden table

All you need to do is put the unripe avocado and ripe banana in a paper bag. Then, after two days, your avocado should theoretically be ready to eat.

This magic is down to a gas called ethylene, which certain fruits like bananas release while they ripen.

Avocados and other fruit like apples and mangoes continue ripening even after being picked. Ethylene, which acts like a plant growth hormone, helps advance this process.


From the mysterious origins of avocado evolution to the unexpected uses of avocado pits, we’ve uncovered a treasure trove of delicious avocado facts.

So, the next time you reach for a slice of avocado toast or whip up a batch of homemade guacamole, remember the rich history and nutritional benefits packed into every bite!

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Aaron Lao
Aaron Lao

Aaron is a freelance eCommerce content writer and email marketer. He's on a mission to learn a lot about different subjects in his lifetime. When he isn't writing, expect him to work on his hobbies while documenting his progress.

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